Customers of Nevada utility NV Energy are going to be getting a lot more electricity from utility-scale “solar plus storage” power plants in the near future—an anticipated 1.2 gigawatts (GW) of solar power generation and 590 MW of battery-based energy storage capacity to be precise.
NV Energy recently awarded developers contracts to build out three huge “solar plus storage” power projects that are expected to produce enough emissions-free electricity for some 228,000 homes and more than double the utility’s renewable energy resources. All three are located near Nevada’s largest city, Las Vegas, utility grid interconnection points and scheduled to come online by year-end 2023. NV Energy sums them up as follows:
- Arrow Canyon Solar Project: 200 megawatt solar photovoltaic project with a 75 megawatt–5 hour battery storage system. 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, a market-leading independent power producer and service provider with over 30 years of expertise in renewable energy. EDF Renewables’ North American portfolio consists of 16 gigawatts of developed projects and 10 gigawatts under service contracts.
- Southern Bighorn Solar & Storage Center: 300 megawatt solar array that includes a 135 megawatt-4 hour Li-Ion battery energy storage system. 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, the largest independent developer of solar PV and storage projects in the United States, with over 15 gigawatts of solar and storage under development in California, Texas, and the Southeast, with more than 2 gigawatts of solar power plants now in operation.
- Gemini Solar + Battery Storage Project: 690 megawatt solar photovoltaic array coupled with a 380 megawatt 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. 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.