US Dept of Interior approves 690MW Nevada solar plant with 1400MWh energy storage component

“Our economic resurgence will rely on getting America back to work, and this project delivers on that objective,” Department of the Interior secretary David L Bernhardt said of the Gemini project. Image: NV Energy via Twitter.

The administration of US president Donald Trump has waved through what is being described as the largest solar project ever seen in the country, a hybrid project including energy storage, in Nevada.

On Monday this week, the US Department of the Interior (DOI) announced the approval of the US$1 billion Gemini Solar Project in Nevada, a complex set to mix 690MW of solar PV with a 380 MW / 1,400MWh battery energy storage component.

Set to be deployed some 30 miles northeast of Las Vegas, the installation in Nevada’s Clark County represents a joint effort by California-based developer Arevia Power and investor Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners, a duo who teamed up in July 2018. Under the 25-year PPA signed last December, solar power from the Gemini project will flow to NV Energy, a utility owned since 2013 by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Energy.

With 7,100 acres of federal land set aside overall, construction of the solar-plus-storage hybrid is expected to take place in two stages over the next three years: a first phase slated to complete in 2021, with the remainder set to follow in 2022.

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