Nevada’s NV Energy is seeking approval from the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada for three new long-term power purchase agreements totaling 100 MW. The three new solar renewable energy projects, if approved, will be built in Nevada.
The utility estimates the projects would provide up to 250 construction jobs and nine permanent positions.
NV Energy's President and Chief Executive Officer Paul Caudill noted that the projects include the largest solar array in Northern Nevada at a nameplate rating of 50 MW.
"These new projects signal an important step toward NV Energy's commitment to partner with our customers in order to serve them with 100% renewable energy," Caudill said. "We are pleased that all three projects include work site agreements with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers."
The largest of the three new projects, the 50 MW Turquoise Nevada solar project, will be constructed in the Reno Technology Park in Washoe County, Nevada. The project will have a 25-year power purchase agreement with NV Energy and is expected to be operational by the end of 2020.
NV Energy has submitted a separate request with the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada to utilize the NV GreenEnergy Rider for the project.
Estuary Capital Advisors and Sumitomo Corporation are developing the Turquoise project to serve an Apple data center, according to PV Magazine.
"We are excited to help bring the largest solar energy field in Northern Nevada to a reality, and we appreciate the dedication many large Nevada customers have to using the NV GreenEnergy Rider program to offset their energy usage using renewable resources," stated Pat Egan, NV Energy senior vice-president, renewable energy and smart infrastructure.
The 25 MW Techren Solar 3 project will serve NV Energy customers in Southern Nevada and the 25 MW Techren Solar 4 project will serve customers in Northern Nevada. If approved, the new solar energy projects will be operational on or before September 1, 2020.
The new solar resources will be owned by Techren Solar, LLC and will be located adjacent to the 300-megawatt Techren Solar 1 and 2 projects that are in development in Boulder City's Eldorado Valley.
"To the best of our knowledge, Techren 3 and 4 are the lowest-cost universal solar power purchase agreements entered into in the United States," Egan said.