BLM again delays ruling on 690-MW solar project in Nevada - report

Switch Station 1 and Switch Station 2 Solar Projects in Nevada. (Photo: Business Wire)

April 3 (Renewables Now) - The US Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has missed another deadline to issue a permit for the 690-MW Gemini solar project in Nevada and at this point is unsure of when exactly this could happen.

A spokeswoman for BLM told Reuters that the agency was working “expeditiously” to reach a decision, but can no longer give a timeframe. The news agency also quoted a draft agreement between BLM and the Nevada State Historic Preservation Office, which says it has been determined that the project would visually impact a historic region.

The USD-1-billion (EUR 926m) solar project is planned to be executed on roughly 7,100 acres (2,873 hectares) of BLM administered land that is located some 33 miles (53.1 km) northeast of Las Vegas and directly south of the Moapa River Indian Reservation. There, the solar power plant would have a visual impact on a historic railroad camp and certain old travel and trade routes, according to the document.

In December 2019, utility NV Energy secured approval from the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (PUCN) for 1.19 GW of new solar projects and 590 MW of energy storage capacity. This includes the Gemini development, which will be coupled with a 380-MW battery storage system. The project itself is being developed by Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners and Arevia Power.

A representative for NV Energy told Reuters the company still hopes that the plant will enter into service in 2023.

(USD 1.0 = EUR 0.926)

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