EDF Secures PPA for 200 MW Solar Plus 180 MW Storage Projects

EDF has completed the signing of a 22-year PPA with NV Energy for a 200 MWac solar plus 180 MW, four-hour battery storage system in Nevada.

EDF Renewables North America has announced that it has completed the signing of a 22-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with NV Energy for a 200 megawatt (MWac) solar PV project coupled with a 180 MW, four-hour battery storage system. The Chuckwalla Solar + Storage project expects to come online by the end of 2023 and deliver enough clean electricity annually to power 45,000 average Nevada homes.

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The project is located on the Moapa Band of Paiute Indians Reservation, 35 miles northeast of Las Vegas in Clark County, Nevada. The project will benefit the Moapa Tribe and local community over its operating life through land lease, tax and other payments and approximately 300 temporary construction-related jobs.

By coupling the solar facility with an energy storage solution, electricity produced during peak solar hours can be dispatched later in the day, thereby creating a balance between electricity generation and demand. Energy storage can further smooth electricity prices, manage evening energy ramps, mitigate curtailment and provide grid stability.

“EDF Renewables is pleased to strengthen our relationship with NV Energy, building on our 2019 agreement to develop and build the Arrow Canyon Solar+Storage project,” said Ian Black, Vice President, West Region Development at EDF Renewables North America. “The battery and solar system work together to provide more energy during the summer evening peak hours, when system needs are the greatest. NV Energy can utilise the battery at their discretion in all months of the year allowing mitigation of demand spikes.”

Recently, we had reported that the bidder consortium, formed by French EDF Group subsidiary, EDF Renewables and Chinese Jinko Power had been awarded the Al Dhafra solar project in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. With a capacity of 2 GW, it will be the world’s largest single-project solar plant and will generate the equivalent electricity to power over 160,000 local households each year.

A call for tenders was launched in June 2019 by Emirates Water and Electricity Company (EWEC), a leading company in the coordination of planning, purchasing and providing of water and electricity across the UAE. EDF Renewables – Jinko Power submitted a record-breaking bid of 1.35 USD cent per kilowatt-hour on a Levelised Electricity Cost basis.

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Ayush Verma

Ayush is a staff writer at saurenergy.com and writes on renewable energy with a special focus on solar and wind. Prior to this, as an engineering graduate trying to find his niche in the energy journalism segment, he worked as a correspondent for iamrenew.com.