In 2014, Nevada Power added capacity from two solar projects and the utility has other new renewable energy capacity in the works that is due on-line this year.
NV Energy on March 31 filed with the Nevada Public Utilities Commission an annual report for 2014 on Renewable Portfolio Standard compliance for its Nevada Power and Sierra Pacific Power subsidiaries.
In the report, NV Energy said that in 2014, Nevada Power added: the Mountain View Solar project, a 20-MW (nameplate, ac) facility that went into commercial operation in January 2014; and the 17.5-MW (nameplate, ac) Searchlight Solar project, which went into commercial operation in December of this past year. The two projects upped Nevada Power’s renewable power portfolio to 659.2 MW.
Also, Nevada Power has two projects in advanced construction: Crescent Dunes (110 MW solar); and McGinness Hills expansion (48 MW, geothermal). A third project, the 15-MW Nellis Solar Array 2 facility, is due for a construction start in early 2015. All three projects are expected to begin commercial operation in 2015.
Nevada Power issued a request for proposals (RFP) for renewable energy (up to 100 MW) in November 2014, another one in February of this year for up to 100 MW, and a third is planned in 2016 for 100 MW.
Also, related to Sierra Pacific Power, Apple is currently constructing an 18 MW-20 MW solar facility at the utility’s Ft. Churchill power plant site. Sierra Pacific will operate this new facility.