Global investment management company Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners has announced plans for a 690MW solar project in Nevada, US.
To be located on nearly 44,000 acres of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) supervised property, the Gemini Solar Project will be funded by Quinbrook.
Quinbrook’s partner Arevia Power will construct the project.
Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners senior managing director Jeff Hunter said: “A project of this scale will have a very positive impact on the state of Nevada and Las Vegas in particular, and we are grateful for the assistance and cooperation received from the Bureau of Land Management to date.
“Gemini is a uniquely positioned project in close proximity to both Las Vegas and export connections to California and Arizona. Solar energy is on the rise in Nevada and is now being offered at historic low prices, which is great news for retail consumers and local industry.”
During the construction phase, the Gemini Solar Project is expected to create nearly 3,800 jobs and also add up to $463m in economic development value to the Nevada economy.
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The project consists of two nearby interconnection positions.
The first phase of 440MW will be linked to NV Energy’s Crystal Substation through a 230kV AC interconnection, and will generate renewable power for the local NVE energy grid.
On the other hand, the second 250MW phase is planned to connect at the South Crystal Substation through a 525kv interconnection, which will be used to supply power to California, Nevada, and Arizona regions.
Arevia Power chief development officer and managing partner Ricardo Graf said: “Arevia Power is excited to assist Quinbrook in developing one of the largest solar projects in the Western United States.”
The Bureau of Land Management is expected to deliver a record of decision by July next year after undertaking an environmental review of the site in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969.
Construction is expected in start in the third quarter the same year.