Nevada utility NV Energy has unveiled proposals to build an additional 590MW of lithium-ion battery energy storage systems in the state along with 1,200MW of new solar photovoltaic capacity.
NV is asking regulators to approve a total of three projects in the south of the state towards the utility’s target of doubling its renewable energy generating capacity by 2023.
If the Clark County projects are approved by the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (PUCN), they will create more than 3,000 temporary jobs under agreements negotiated with unions, NV said.
All three of the projects are expected to be built and online by the end of 2023, although investment costs were not disclosed.
The Arrow Canyon Solar Project, would be a 200MW facility with a “75MW, five-hour battery storage system developed by EDF Renewables North America”. The Southern Bighorn Solar & Storage Center would be “a 300MW solar array that includes a 135MW four-hour lithium-ion battery system” developed by 8minute Solar Energy. The Gemini Solar plus Battery Storage Project would be a 690MW solar photovoltaic array “coupled with a 380MW AC battery storage system”.
Earlier this year, the PUCN approved six NV Energy solar and battery projects in the state, said to represent a direct investment to Nevada of more than US$2 billion.