Energy Storage

Nev. utility adds 590 MW of battery storage, 1,200 MW of solar

Nevada-based utility NV Energy on June 24 announced the addition of nearly 1,200 megawatts of new solar photovoltaic generation to be built in the state, along with 590 megawatts of battery storage.

The renewable energy will come in the form of three projects that will be located in southern Nevada and the company will seek approval of these projects from the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada as part of its integrated resource plan filing.

The three new solar energy projects and three related battery energy storage resources are the result of a competitive solicitation initiated in the fall of 2018.

In May of last year, NV Energy announced what was, at the time, the largest renewable energy expansion in Nevada's history – six new projects totaling 1,001 MW of new renewable energy to be built in the state with 100 MW of battery storage, the investor-owned utility said.

The newly announced projects will be added to NV Energy's current portfolio of 57 geothermal, solar, hydro, wind, biomass and supported rooftop solar projects both in service and under development.

Each of the three announced projects are expected to be completed and serving customers by the end of 2023.

Here are details on the projects:

  • Arrow Canyon Solar Project: 200-MW solar photovoltaic project with a 75 MW-5-hour battery storage system. The project will be located in Clark County, Nev., 20 miles northeast of Las Vegas on the Moapa Band of Paiutes Indian Reservation. It is being developed by EDF Renewables North America;
  • Southern Bighorn Solar & Storage Center: 300 MW solar array that includes a 135 megawatt-4 hour Li-Ion battery energy storage system. The project will be built in Clark County, Nev., on the Moapa River Indian Reservation about 30 miles north of Las Vegas. It is being developed by 8minute Solar Energy;
  • Gemini Solar + Battery Storage Project: 690-MW solar photovoltaic array coupled with a 380 MW AC battery storage system. The project will be located in Clark County, Nev., 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.