January 2 (Renewables Now) - The up to 690-MW Gemini solar-plus-battery project is now closer to beginning of construction after the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) on Monday released its Resource Management Plan Amendment and Final Environmental Impact Statement on the project, to be located near Las Vegas, Nevada.
As part of the hybrid alternative to the proposed action, preferred by BLM, solar development on about 2,500 acres (1,012 hectares) would utilise a combination of traditional development methods, while using mowing that leaves vegetation and natural land contours in place on the remaining solar array areas of about 4,600 acres.
Interested parties have until January 27 to file a protest.
The Gemini project, including a 690-MW solar farm with 380 MW of energy storage capacity, is being developed by Australia's Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners and US-based Arevia Power. It will be located on BLM-administered land just south of the Moapa River Indian Reservation.
Nevada utility NV Energy secured approval to add the project from the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (PUCN) last month. It said the project was due to be operational by the end of 2023.