NV Energy is planning to construct 1,200 MW of new solar PV generation and 590 MW of battery storage over the next few years. The renewable energy will come in the form of three projects that will be located in southern Nevada. Once approved by the PUC of Nevada, the projects will contribute to NV Energy exceeding the promise made to its customers last year to double its renewable energy by 2023.
“Today’s 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.”
The three projects are the result of a competitive RFP initiated in the fall of 2018 and will create more than 3,000 temporary jobs using project labor agreements. The use of union labor ensures the projects are constructed to the highest industry standards so they can serve Nevada’s energy needs for the long term.
Each of the three announced projects are expected to be completed and serving customers by the end of 2023:
- Arrow Canyon Solar Project – 200-MWac solar PV project with a 75-MW 5-hr battery (375 MWh) in Clark County, Nevada, on the Moapa Band of Paiutes Indian Reservation. It is being developed by EDF Renewables North America.
- Southern Bighorn Solar & Storage Center – 300-MWac solar array that includes a 135-MW 4-hr lithium energy storage system (540 MWh) in Clark County, Nevada, on the Moapa River Indian Reservation. It is being developed by 8minute Solar Energy.
- Gemini Solar + Battery Storage Project – 690-MWac solar array coupled with a 380-MW AC-battery storage system in Clark County, Nevada, 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. Quinbrook is a specialist investment manager focused exclusively on lower carbon and renewable energy infrastructure investment and operational asset management.
“Southern Bighorn will deliver clean power at an average price (including time of delivery adjustments) of about $35 per MWh, which is below the cost of fossil fuel-based generation,” said Tom Buttgenbach, President and CEO, 8minute Solar Energy. “For a solar PV plant, incorporating a 540-MWh Li-Ion battery system, this is truly industry leading.”