First Solar works out interconnect deal for 200-MW project in Nevada

Nevada Power d/b/a NV Energy filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Feb. 25 an executed Large Generator Interconnection Agreement with Playa Solar LLC for a 200-MW solar photovoltaic project.

Said Nevada Power about the cluster of projects in this area of its service territory: “To accommodate all of the interconnection requests in the cluster, significant network upgrades are required. The upgrades include the implementation of the Harry Allen Remedial Action Scheme (RAS); installation of 1.15 miles of 3-636 ACSS ROOK conductor on the Garces-Mayfair 69 kV Line using existing poles; rebuilding the existing 1.58 miles of the Miller–NVL 69 kV Line; installing a new Pecos Bank 230/138 kV transformer at the Pecos Substation. The total estimated cost of the cluster upgrades is $14,425,000 of which Playa Solar, LLC will pay it’s pro rata share of the upgrades. Given the extensive nature of the upgrades, it is anticipated that the upgrades will be completed in December 2016.”

The project, with a targeted commercial operation date at the end of 2016, will be in three phases:

  • Playa Solar 1, 100 MW net at Point of Interconnection;
  • Playa Solar 2, additional 50 MW net at Point of Interconnection; and
  • Playa Solar 3, additional 50 MW net at Point of Interconnection.

The Point of Interconnection will be at the point where the Playa Solar’s 230-kV line from its solar farms intersects the Nevada Power’s existing Harry Allen Substation.

A project contact is: Playa Solar LLC, Attention: Kathryn Arbeit, Director, Development, 135 Main Street, 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105, Phone 415-935-2487, Fax 415-894-6207,

Playa Solar had filed an amended application in December 2014 at the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada under the Utility Environmental Protection Act on this 200-MW (ac) solar photovoltaic project to be located about 14 miles northeast of Las Vegas in Clark County in the Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone (SEZ). Playa Solar noted that its name was recently changed from NV Dry Lake LLC, which was its name in September 2014 when it notified the commission that this project, now called the Playa Solar Project, was going through a federal review. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management issued a draft environmental assessment on the project on Dec. 8. The company said it is a subsidiary of First Solar Development LLC.

Said the draft EA about the project: “The Applicant proposes to construct, operate, maintain, and decommission the Project, consisting of up to a 200 MW ac solar PV power generating facility on approximately 1,700 acres of BLM-administered land located within parcels 2, 3, and 4 of the Dry Lake SEZ in Clark County, Nevada. Project components include onsite facilities, offsite facilities and temporary facilities needed to construct the Project. The major onsite facilities are comprised of solar array blocks of First Solar PV modules, a substation, and operation and maintenance (O&M) facilities. The offsite facilities include a 3,500-foot (0.7 mile) 230 kilovolt (kV) generation tie transmission line (gen-tie), access roads, well and water pipeline, andelectric distribution and communication lines. Power produced by the Project would be conveyed to the Nevada Power bulk transmission system via the gen-tie, which would interconnect to NV Energy’s existing Harry Allen Substation.”

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