Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project

Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project
Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project
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A video drone shoot for the Crescent Dunes Solar Energy power plant project located outside of Tonapah, Nevada. Aerial photography and video by MILLER+MILLER Chicago Drone Videographer & Photographer company who travels to capture building photography Nationwide and around the globe.

The Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project is a 110 megawatt solar thermal power project located outside of Tonopah, in the rural deserts of Nevada.  A concentrating solar power (CSP) plant with a central receiver tower and advanced molten salt energy storage technology developed by SolarReserve, Tonopah Solar Energy, LLC. The $1 billion project includes 10,347 heliostats that collect and focus the sun’s thermal energy to heat molten salt flowing through an approximately 640-foot tall solar power tower. The molten salt circulates from the tower to a storage tank, where it is then used to produce steam and generate electricity.  Excess thermal energy is stored in the molten salt and can be used to generate power for up to ten hours, including during the evening hours and when direct sunlight is not available. The storage technology also eliminates the need for any backup fossil fuels, such as natural gas. 

Under a power purchase agreement (PPA) between SolarReserve and Nevada Energy, all power generated by the Crescent Dunes project in the next 25 years will be sold to the Nevada Power Company for $0.135 per kilowatt-hour. In late September, 2011, Tonopah Solar Energy received a $737 million loan guarantee from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).  The capital funds included $170,000,000 in EB-5 investment through SolarReserve / ACS Cobra partner CMB Regional Centers.

Construction at the renewable energy generation station began in 2011 and ended in 2013, followed by several months of testing the plant systems. Melting about 70,000,000 pounds of salt takes took two months. Once melted, the salt stays melted for the life of the plant and gets cycled through the receiver for reheating. The SolarReserve’s Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Facility project entered commissioning phase in February 2014.  The Super Bright Glow of the solar power tower can sometimes be visible at more than a hundred miles away on highway US 95. The plant’s strategic location is in the desolate, geographical and sun-filled desert of central Nevada.

MILLER+MILLER Architectural Photography is available to photograph and shoot video using drones and photography equipment of any structure wether in Chicago or anywhere in the United States and beyond Globally. Our husband+wife operated photo team has photographed infrastructure, government facilities, commercial properties & much more Nationwide for over ten years.


Photography of Marriott Marquis Chicago Hotel Skyscraper

Marriott Marquis Chicago

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Marriott Marquis Chicago Hotel

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Our Chicago hotel building exterior photography shoot of the Marriott Marquis Chicago Hotel Skyscraper occurred a few days after the Marriott International Hotel Company first opened the Marriott Marquis’ doors on September 10th. Our architectural photography and Chicago hotel photographer husband & wife company met with our Construction Company client over the Summer to discuss photographing several Chicago area buildings.  Our photography company has experience in hotels, hospitality & resort photography in Chicago and beyond.  Our client booked not only Chicago hotel photography, but 15 finished construction building photo projects for the company’s marketing department portfolio, press releases, and promotional imagery. The architectural Chicago hotel photography of the Marriott Marquis Chicago Hotel need to be timed and scheduling of the photo shoot was in the early Fall season – awaiting the exterior building construction completion.

Our architectural photography company incorporated in 2006 and based in Chicago has photographed hotel additions, hospitality renovations, architecture, and hotel construction photography over the years. The Marriott Marquis hotel is one of the tallest hotel skyscraper in Chicago to be built and during construction has also been called Chicago’s new Mega Hotel. The 1,205 room hotel is currently Chicago’s sixth largest hotel. A modern Chicago hotel with a distinctive blue all glass curtain wall skyscraper hotel construction design. The 40-story structure in Chicago’s South Loop skyline is located near the three corners of MLK Drive, Cermak Road and Prairie Avenue.  An array of photos of the new construction hotel were photographed.  Photos focused on architectural hotel building images showcasing the hotel property’s full construction.  As well as architectural construction details images and photography of the hotel combining in parts of the nearby convention center and arena buildings.  The combo of images help to showcase not only hospitality images of the hotel, but also the property’s location adjacent to the Chicago buildings of the McCormick Place Convention Center and Wintrust Arena.

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The new Marriott Marquis hotel building is one of the first with completed construction in the South Loop area’s new McCormick Square Development area. A boom of construction is underway in the rapidly-evolving McCormick Square part of town. Design Build construction companies, architects, and developers are changing the South Loop – beginning to redefine Chicago’s overall skyline moving it further to the South. Construction overall is booming in Chicago’s South Loop and is nearing delivery of thousands of new apartments and hotel rooms. This article takes a look at twelve high-rise building projects under construction in Chicago’s South Loop.

Stay tuned for our resorts, hospitality and interior photography section of hotels. Step inside the interior of Chicago’s Marriott Marquis hotel, inside the lobby you’ll find modern luxury finishes, fine interior designed guest rooms, and 44 luxury suites. The luxurious new Chicago hotel features two event ballrooms, signature event space on the 33rd floor offering these striking skyline and photo views of the downtown Chicago skyscrapers and Lake Michigan from on-top of the Marriott Marquis, a state-of-the-art fitness center, club lounge, street-level bar, and easy access to area restaurants, the 10,387-seat Wintrust Arena, famous McCormick Place Convention Center, and the recently renovated historic American Book Company building an addition to the Marquis hotel with meeting spaces – all of which are adjacent and nearby. More conveniences, the Chicago’s Marriott Marquis construction links directly to McCormick Place Convention Center and the adjacent Wintrust Arena via pedestrian walkway bridges.

Marriott Marquis Chicago, and the adjacent 10,387-seat Wintrust Arena opened in the Fall of 2017. Construction of the Marriott Marquis Chicago was by Clark Construction. The Clark Construction Group was the lead member of the design-build joint venture team called Prairie District3 Partners (PD3), partnered with the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority (MPEA) whom worked together to deliver the $350 million hotel. The Clark-Led venture with Prairie District3 Partners is comprised of construction partners Clark Construction Group, Bulley & Andrews Construction Firm, LLC, Old Veteran Construction, engineering infrastructure by McKissack & McKissack Midwest, and Powers & Sons Construction Company. Architect and Design partners Goettsch Partners and Moody Nolan with Gensler providing the hotel’s initial design concept and schematic design. Curtain wall, blue glass cladding by Harmon, Inc.  Branding & Interiors by Simeone Deary Design Group.

Miller + Miller Architectural Photography are Chicago photographers who photograph  buildings, hotels, skyscrapers, luxury, new construction, residential, hospitality, interiors, exteriors, commercial, residential, and more.  Contact us about Chicago Architectural Photography.  Our photographer team of Ryan and Sarah Miller who’s limits are endless … aerial drone photos and video, skyscraper architectural photos, luxury high-rise condominium photography, 5-star hotel interior photography, boutique hotel, resorts, business plazas, architectural landmarks, lavish estates, commercial properties, industrial skyscrapers,  or residential high-rise Chicago buildings.

Serving all the Chicago metro neighborhoods and suburbs with our architectural, residential, condo, loft, luxury and custom home photography clients.  Our husband & wife company also enjoys traveling nationwide annually to photograph our client’s multi-state, developments, building, and construction projects portfolio.  Visit our architectural photo website’s gallery for more images & example photos taken by our architectural photography company in business since 2006.


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