NV Energy has announced the addition of nearly 1,200 MW of new solar generation to be built in the state, along with 590 MW of battery storage.
Nevada-based power utility, NV Energy has announced the addition of nearly 1,200 MW of new solar PV generation to be built in the state, along with 590 MW of battery storage to aid in the company’s plan to provide its consumers with 100 percent renewable energy.
The renewable energy will come in the form of three projects that will be located in southern Nevada. The company will seek approval of these projects from the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada as part of its integrated resource plan filing. With the addition of these new projects, NV Energy will also exceed the promise made to its customers last year to double its renewable energy by 2023.
“The announcement demonstrates our commitment to bringing low-cost solar energy to our customers while helping Nevada be a leader in clean energy development and the addition of battery storage helps extend the benefits of these solar projects when the sun isn’t shining,” said Doug Cannon, NV Energy president and CEO. “Bringing more renewable energy development to our state is what’s best for our customers, our economy, job creation and for our environment.”
In April, Senate Bill 358 was signed into law by Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak requiring Nevada power providers to achieve a 50 percent renewable energy portfolio standard (RPS) by 2030 – a change that NV Energy fully supported and gets one step closer to satisfying with these projects.
The three new solar energy projects and three related battery-energy storage resources are the results of a competitive solicitation initiated in the fall of 2018.
Arrow Canyon Solar Project – 200 MW solar photovoltaic project with a 75 MW – 5-hour battery storage system (BESS). The project will be located in Clark County, NV, 20 miles northeast of Las Vegas on the Moapa Band of Paiutes Indian Reservation. It is being developed by EDF Renewables North America.
Southern Bighorn Solar & Storage Center – 300 MW solar array that includes a 135 MW-4 hour Li-Ion BESS. The project will be built in Clark County, NV on the Moapa River Indian Reservation about 30 miles north of Las Vegas. It is being developed by 8minute Solar Energy.
Gemini Solar + Battery Storage Project – 690 MW solar photovoltaic array coupled with a 380 MW AC battery storage system. The project will be located in Clark County, NV 25 miles northeast of Las Vegas on approximately 7,100 acres of federally-owned land under the management of the Bureau of Land Management.
In May of last year, NV Energy announced what was, at the time, the largest renewable energy expansion in Nevada’s history – six new projects totaling 1,001 MW of new renewable energy to be built in the state with 100 MW of battery storage. These newly announced projects will be added to NV Energy’s current portfolio of 57 geothermal, solar, hydro, wind, biomass and supported rooftop solar projects both in service and under development.
Each of the three announced projects is expected to be completed and serving customers by the end of 2023.