NV Energy got approval to build 1,190 MW new PV plants and 590 MW of additional energy storage in Nevada
Post date: 05/12/2019 - 09:01
The Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (PUCN) approved Nevada-based US utility NV Energy Inc.'s integrated resource plan, which will bring an additional 1,190 MW of new solar renewable energy projects to Nevada and an additional 590 MW of energy storage capacity. All three projects will be located in southern Nevada and are expected to be completed and serving customers by January 1, 2024. With the addition of these new projects, NV Energy will also meet the commitment made to customers to double its renewable energy.
NV Energy applied for approval in summer 2019. As reported in June, the projects are the result of a competitive solicitation initiated in the fall of 2018, and will create more than 3,000 temporary jobs. The new facilities include the 200 MW »Arrow Canyon Solar Project«with a 75 MWh battery storage system, located in Clark County, 20 miles northeast of Las Vegas on the Moapa Band of Paiutes Indian Reservation. It is being developed by EDF Renewables North America.
The 300 MW »Southern Bighorn« solar center with a 135 MWh storage will be built in Clark County on the Moapa River Indian Reservation about 30 miles north of Las Vegas. It is being developed by 8minute Solar Energy.
The 690 MW »Gemini« solar array coupled with a 380 MWh battery storage system will be located in Clark County as well, 25 miles northeast of Las Vegas on approximately 7,100 acres of federally-owned land under the management of the Bureau of Land Management. It is being developed by Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners in collaboration with Arevia Power, who are managing the development phases of the project.
In April 2019, Senate Bill 358 was signed into law by Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak requiring Nevada energy providers to achieve a 50 percent renewable energy portfolio standard by 2030.