June 25 (Renewables Now) - Nevada utility NV Energy on Monday unveiled plans to expand its portfolio with 1,200 MW of new solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity coupled with 590 MW of battery storage.
The capacity will come from three solar parks, each with an energy storage facility, that will be brought online by end-2023. The plants will be installed in southern Nevada’s Clark County as part of projects that won a competitive solicitation in the autumn of 2018.
NV Energy will seek clearance for the three schemes from the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada. They will be added to its most recent integrated resource plan, which supports its goal to double its overall renewable energy capacity by 2023 and start supplying 100% renewable power.
The selected projects include the 200-MW Arrow Canyon solar scheme, which was proposed by EDF Renewables North America and has 75 MW of battery storage. A project being developed by 8minute Solar Energy will add 300 MW of solar PV with 135 MW of battery storage within the Southern Bighorn Solar & Storage Centre, while the largest plan includes a 690-MW solar farm with 380 MW of energy storage capacity. Known as the Gemini solar + battery storage project, it is being developed by Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners and Arevia Power.
Currently, NV Energy's portfolio consists of around 57 solar, geothermal, hydropower, wind, biomass, and supported rooftop solar projects.