NV Energy is currently awaiting approval from the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada to sign long-term power purchase agreements (PPA) for renewable energy projects totalling 101MW. Two proposed PV projects in southern Nevada will supply 50MW of this total, while the remaining 51MW will come from a planned geothermal system in Churchill County.
Florida-based NextEra Energy Resources will build the 20MW City of North Las Vegas plant, while the other plant, a 30MW system developed by Fotowatio Renewable Ventures, is located on the eastern outskirts of the city.
NV Energy is also looking to sign long-term contracts with Amonix for its concentrated PV (CPV) projects and has already agreed to buy the company’s Renewable Portfolio Standard credits. The CPV systems and some of the credits will be produced at the Amonix’s new manufacturing facility in North Las Vegas.
“Over the last year, we've made great strides with our renewable energy development efforts, and with these pending applications we will have nearly 1,300MW of very diverse renewable energy that is either producing or in the development stages,” NV Energy's president and CEO, Michael Yackira, said.
If NV Energy's PPAs get the green light from the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada then the nameplate capacity of the company’s renewable energy portfolio, which includes 13 solar projects, will rise to 1,281MW.