NV Energy has announced that the 50 MW Boulder Solar II power plant – which was developed, designed and constructed by SunPower – achieved its commercial operation status and is now serving NV Energy customers in Nevada.
According to the energy company, Boulder Solar II is the 14th solar energy resource to serve customers in Nevada and one of 43 diverse renewable energy projects that are helping to meet the electricity needs of NV Energy customers.
The project is located southeast of Las Vegas adjacent to the Boulder Solar I resource, which was also recently completed by SunPower and is helping the City of Las Vegas serve its city buildings, parks and lighting with 100% green energy.
Combined, these two projects represent the largest solar energy resource serving NV Energy customers.
Owned by AEP Renewables LLC, a subsidiary of American Electric Power, Boulder Solar II will receive ongoing operation and maintenance services from SunPower.
NV Energy’s Senior Vice President of Renewable Energy and Smart Infrastructure Pat Egan says that the Boulder Solar II project has a positive impact on all residents in Nevada, as well as a major customer that is now receiving the renewable energy credits associated with the project.
“All Nevadans benefit from the economic development associated with the construction of another new renewable energy facility in our state, and the renewable energy credits help encourage major customers with impressive sustainability goals to locate in or stay in Nevada. Additionally, our company and our customers benefit because these power purchase agreements help diversify our generation portfolio and provide long-term sources of renewable energy and capacity at a predictable and low price,” he says.
Ty Daul, SunPower’s senior vice president for America’s power plants, notes that the Boulder Solar II power plant is the result of the competitive cost of solar energy today, as well as NV Energy’s GreenEnergy Rider program that helps commercial customers achieve their renewable energy goals.
At the Boulder Solar sites, SunPower installed SunPower Oasis Power Plant technology, a fully integrated, modular solar power block that is engineered to rapidly and cost-effectively deploy large solar projects, while maximizing power generation and optimizing land use.