Nevada utility NV Energy on Monday unveiled plans for building a huge transmission line in its home state, as well as 478 MW of solar parks, all with integrated battery storage.
The so-called Greenlink Nevada initiative will form a two-section transmission network that is planned to become operational in 2031 to enable the addition of more renewable energy capacity. A 525-kV line, called Greenlink North, will run between Ely and Yerington and form the northern segment of the project, with a length of 235 miles. Greenlink West, meanwhile, will be a 351-mile line of 525 kV that will link Las Vegas and Yerington. The project also includes three 345-kV lines from Yerington to the Reno and Innovation Park areas.
NV Energy plans to initiate construction works later this year. If its plan gets the needed regulatory clearance by the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (PUCN), it will bring around USD 781 million (EUR 682.6m) in economic activity in the state, the utility estimates.
According to the company, the transmission line proposal will support Nevada’s 2050 decarbonisation goals and its target for 50% of renewable electricity by 2030.
Also in line with those objectives, the utility said it will install three solar parks with 338 MW of battery storage capacity in southern Nevada. All are scheduled for completion by end-2023.
The following table contains more details about the three solar projects.
||Solar PV capacity (MW)
||Battery storage (MW)
|Dry Lake Solar Project
|Boulder Solar III
|Chuckwalla Solar Project
The Boulder Solar III project is being developed by 174 PowerGlobal and KOMIPO America Inc, while EDF Renewables North America is the developer of the Chuckwalla scheme.
(USD 1.0 = EUR 0.874)
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