Google, NV Energy agree big solar-plus-storage supply deal in Nevada

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January 13 (Renewables Now) - Nevada utility NV Energy and technology giant Google LLC are seeking approval for an energy deal involving some 350 MW of solar capacity and between 250 MW and 280 MW of energy storage.

According to a filing with the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) of Nevada, NV Energy will procure renewable power from one or more hybrid projects at fixed prices that have not been disclosed.

Under the energy supply agreement, signed by NV Energy unit Nevada Power Co and Google affiliate Lumen Group LLC, the latter will use the electricity to power a data centre in Nevada. Any excess solar photovoltaic (PV) power stored in the battery facility could also be used by NV Energy for summer peaking capacity.

Google's new data center in Henderson, near Las Vegas, is expected to see its power load grow in time. In line with this growth, NV Energy's customers will also see increasing benefits.

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