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Investment manager Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners on Monday unveiled plans for the construction of a 690-MW solar park in Nevada, one of the largest of its kind in the western US state.
The Gemini Solar Project will be installed in two phases of 440 MW and 250 MW, covering a total area of 44,000 acres (18,000 ha), with the option to add battery storage capacity. The complex will be located at Bureau of Land Management (BLM) supervised land near Las Vegas, with construction anticipated to begin in the third quarter of 2019.
The first 440-MW phase of the project will be connected to utility NV Energy Inc’s power grid and will generate electricity for the local network. The second stage will link to a 525-kV interconnector and will deliver power to California, Nevada and Arizona.
Project financing will be provided by Quinbrook, while its partner Arevia Power will manage development and construction. More than 75% of the required workforce for building the plants will be sourced locally. According to Quinbrook, construction of the solar complex will support almost 3,800 jobs.
The project will undergo an environmental review process by BLM, which is expected to issue a decision by July 2019.
Veselina Petrova is one of Renewables Now's most experienced green energy writers. For several years she has been keeping track of game-changing events both large and small projects and across the globe.