Abengoa unit seeks approval for 225-MW Nevada solar project

The Pahrump Valley Solar LLC unit of Abengoa Solar Inc. filed a Dec. 26 application with the Nevada Public Utilities Commission for approval on a 225-MW (net) solar project to be built about 15 miles southeast of Pahrump, Nev.

The application was filed with the commission under the provisions of the state’s Utility Environmental Protection Act.

The project would consist of 90 MW (net) of solar photovoltaic capacity, and 135 MW (net) of concentrating solar power (CSP). The CSP is where sunlight will be reflected by heliostats to a central, 650-foot tower, where a liquid is boiled, producing steam to run a generator.

This project would interconnect at the Valley Electric Association’s planned Crazy Eyes Substation, which is part of the association’s Hidden Hills Transmission Project.

The project site and transmission corridor is on federal land administered by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, with approvals also being sought through that agency.

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