Mesa Solar plans 120-MW Lago Seco Solar Project in Nevada

Mesa Solar Energy LLC has notified the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada that it plans a 120 MW (AC) solar photovoltaic project in Clark County that is due to go into construction in February 2015 and to be operational in June 2016.

This would be called the Lago Seco Solar Project, which would be interconnected with Nevada Power’s Harry Allen Substation, or a nearby substation, via a one-mile, 230-kV intertie line.

The Nov. 21 filing with the Nevada commission is in the form of a notice that this project is subject to an application for use of federal land. The project would be on U.S. Bureau of Land Management property within BLM’s Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone. The project area would be about 600 acres.

The applicant contact is: Luke Papez, Project Manager, 5000 Hopyard Road, Suite 480, Pleasanton, CA 94588.

Mesa Solar Energy had applied May 1 at the Nevada commission for permits to construct three photovoltaic solar projects of up to 200 MW (AC) apiece that would be located fairly near each other in Clark County. Papez is also the contact for each of those projects. The projects, covered by separate applications, are:

  • The California Ridge Solar Project would be up to 200 MW (AC). The project location is about 36 miles northeast of Las Vegas. Besides the solar facility, there would also be a 3-4-mile, 230-kV aboveground transmission line from the project site, interconnecting at Nevada Power’s Reid Gardner substation or another substation nearby.
  • The Meadow Valley Solar Project would be up to 200 MW (AC) and would be interconnected to the Reid Gardner substation or another substation nearby via a 3-mile, 230-kV transmission line.
  • The Mesa Solar Energy Project would have a capacity of up to 200-MW (AC) and would interconnect to the Reid Gardner substation or another substation nearby via a 13-mile, 230-kV line. The project site is about 4 miles northeast of Overton on Mormon Mesa.
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