NextLight to start construction of 50MW Silver State PV power plant

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Solar power plants located on U.S. Bureau of Land Management land in Nevada are starting to gain approval with the news that NextLight Renewable Power will start construction of a 50MW PV power plant called Silver State, near Primm, Nevada, in early December 2010. NV Energy and NextLight announced a 25-year contract for the purchase and sale of energy from the plant that should see deliveries start in May 2011.

“NV Energy is a key strategic partner in the region and has the vision to bring renewable energy into the mainstream of electricity generation,” remarked Frank De Rosa, NextLight’s CEO. “Southern Nevada has all of the attributes necessary to make this a successful solar project: suitable land, superior insolation, ready access to transmission, a skilled workforce and a business-friendly climate.”

NextLight did not disclose which company would supply the PV modules for the project.

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