NV Energy filed a request with the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada to approve three new long-term power purchase agreements (PPAs) totaling 100 megawatts.
The solar project, if approved, will be built in Nevada and include work site agreements with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. According to solarpowerworldonline.com, the largest of the three new projects is the 50-MW Turquoise Nevada solar project, to be constructed in the Reno Technology Park in Washoe County, Nevada. The project will benefit from a 25-year power purchase agreement with NV Energy and is expected to be operational by the end of 2020.
NV Energy is attempting to use the NV GreenEnergy Rider program to help “a major customer” offset 100% of its next phase of growth with solar energy. Tech giant Apple was the first company to use NV GreenEnergy Rider, when it built a solar array in Northern Nevada in 2015.
The rider allows customers with energy demands larger than 1 megawatt to subscribe for 50% or 100% renewable energy supply.
NV Energy’s two other proposed 25-year PPAs are the result of a RFP that was issued by NV Energy June 14, 2017. The 25-MW Techren Solar 3 project will benefit NV Energy customers in Southern Nevada and the 25-megawatt Techren Solar 4 project will benefit customers in Northern Nevada. If approved, the new solar energy projects will be operational on or before September 1, 2020.