Invenergy LLC and Liberty Utilities have broken ground on the 50 MW Luning Solar Energy Center. Invenergy is developing the project on public lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management in Luning, Nev., and Liberty Utilities will purchase it after construction.
The project consists of several primary components, including over 200,000 PV modules on single-axis trackers, access roads, transmission and communication equipment and control facilities. Luning Solar will connect via an approximately 1.3-mile 120 kV overhead transmission line to the NV Energy Table Mountain Substation.
“We are excited to break ground on the Luning solar energy project here in Nevada and look forward to working with Liberty to provide quality service to their customers,” says Mick Baird, Invenergy’s vice president of development for the West.
Greg Sorensen, president of Liberty Utilities-CA, adds, “This project continues Liberty’s commitment to renewable energy sources. When completed, the solar project will meet 25 percent of our customers’ energy needs.”
Invenergy says Phoenix Solar will construct the PV array, and EPC Services will handle the substation and transmission line work. The project is expected to employ approximately 100 full-time equivalent workers during construction.