Nevada’s NV Energy is looking to boost the Silver State to the forefront of the national energy conversation with last week’s announcement of three new solar facilities and associated battery storage developments.
Combined, the new projects will produce almost 1,200 MW of solar power, backed up with 590 MW of battery storage. The announcement comes just a year after NV Energy made history by announcing the largest solar project ever built in Nevada.
NV Energy is looking to make an even bigger mark in the energy sector this time around. According to Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables, the most expansive of EV Energy’s three planned projects will be the largest solar plant in the U.S.
“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 chief executive officer. “Bringing more renewable energy development to our state is what’s best for our customers, our economy, job creation and for our environment.”
During construction, NV Energy will employ 3,000 workers using project labor agreements that will ensure the highest industry standards so that the projects will last. Once the projects are up and running, they will help the utility company exceed its promise of doubling its renewable energy capabilities by 2023.
All three of the project sites are located in southern Nevada. Gemini Solar + Battery Storage Project is the largest of the three developments by far at 690 MW. It will be built on federally owned land in Clark County, 25 miles outside of Las Vegas.
The Southern Bighorn Solar & Storage Center comes in second at 300 MW and will also be located in Clark County on the Moapa River Indian Reservation. Arrow Canyon Solar is the third project and will feature 200 MW.
These new projects will be the latest addition to NV Energy’s widely varied energy portfolio, which already includes 57 geothermal, solar, hydro, wind, biomass, and supported rooftop solar projects, some of which are still in development.
Nevada residents will soon see the benefits from NV Energy’s historic undertaking in solar energy, and we are encouraged to see more and more utilities embracing clean sources of energy which lowers emissions and creates more affordable options for consumers.
NV Energy is just the latest example. Recently, we’ve written about major clean energy commitments from utilities like Xcel Energy in Minnesota as well as Idaho Power. Major investments in clean energy by utilities are not only reducing emissions, but helping to grow the economy, create jobs, and strengthen national security.