US-based public utility NV Energy has revealed plans to add nearly 1,200MW of new solar photovoltaic (PV) generation from three projects in southern Nevada.
The new plan is part of the company’s long-term goal of serving its customers with 100% renewable energy and will also include 590MW of battery-energy storage.
NV Energy president and CEO Doug Cannon said: “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.
“Bringing more renewable energy development to our state is what’s best for our customers, our economy, job creation and for our environment.”
The first project, Arrow Canyon Solar, is being developed by EDF Renewables North America. It is a 200MW solar PV project with a 75MW five-hour battery storage system.
The second project is the Southern Bighorn Solar & Storage Center developed by 8minute Solar Energy. It will be a 300MW solar array that includes a 135MW-four hour Li-Ion battery energy storage system.
Gemini Solar + Battery Storage Project will be the third, which is being developed by Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners in collaboration with Arevia Power.
The 690MW solar PV array will be integrated with a 380MW AC battery storage system.
All three projects will be located in Clark County, Nevada. They are expected to enter commercial operations by the end of 2023. The utility is yet to seek approval for these projects from the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada.
Additionally, the new projects are expected to create more than 3,000 temporary jobs.
Currently, NV Energy has 57 geothermal, solar, hydro, wind, biomass and supported rooftop solar projects either in service or under development.