NV Seeking PPA Approval For 50 MW Of Solar Power


NV Energy has applied for approval from the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (PUCN) to enter into long-term power purchase agreements (PPAs) for 50 MW of new solar energy from two proposed photovoltaic projects in southern Nevada, as well as 51 MW from a new geothermal project slated for Churchill County, Nev.

Additionally, NV Energy is requesting permission to enter into long-term agreements with Amonix, a concentrated photovoltaic solar power systems designer. NV Energy plans to purchase renewable energy credits that will be produced by various Amonix solar projects in the city of North Las Vegas. The Amonix solar power systems and some of the credits will be produced at the company's new manufacturing facility in the city of North Las Vegas.

The new solar PPAs include a 30 MW solar photovoltaic project east of the city of North Las Vegas to be built by California-based Fotowatio Renewable Ventures and a 20 MW solar photovoltaic project that will be built in the city of North Las Vegas by Florida-based NextEra Energy Resources.

If the PUCN approves these new contracts, NV Energy's renewable energy portfolio will include 1,281 nameplate-rated MW of energy, including energy from 13 solar projects. The company says it expects to meet or exceed its 2011 requirement of 15% renewables and is on track to reach the state-mandated requirement of 25% by 2025.Â


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