Three new solar plants approved by Nevada Public Utilities Commission
Nevada's Public Utilities Commission has approved three new Solar projects that will provide an additional 478 megawatts of renewable electricity to the state.
The projects, which will all be located in Clark County, also include 338 megawatts of energy storage that can be used during times the sun is not out.
"These new solar plus storage projects are the latest of twelve such projects we've brought forward since 2018, and demonstrate NV Energy's ongoing commitment to advance renewable energy development and reduce carbon emissions while keeping customer rates low and stable," said NV Energy CEO Doug Cannon in a press release. "These projects will not only power our customers' homes and businesses with clean energy, they will create jobs and contribute to Nevada's economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic."
The new plants include a set of solar panels located on BLM land 20 miles northeast of Las Vegas, a solar array in the Eldorado Valley south of Boulder City, and panels in the Moapa River Indian Reservation 25 miles northeast of Las Vegas.
These three new projects will bring NV Energy's new solar generation to 2,669 megawatts, and its battery energy storage to 1,028 megawatts. This makes up 22 percent of last year's reported capacity of 11,938 megawatts.
A newly-approved amendment to Nevada's constitution requires that 50% of the state's electricity come from renewable resources by 2030.
NV Energy states that they now have 56 geothermal, solar, hydro, wind, and biomass projects both in service and under development.