Nevada PUC cites developments on major solar PV projects

An Invenergy company has filed an application with Nevada officials seeking to build the 130-MW Harry Allen solar power project near Las Vegas in Clark County, Nev., and a separate solar project in Nevada has gotten a key federal approval.

According to a filing with the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada, Invenergy Solar Development has sought to construct a 130-MW solar photovoltaic (PV) generating station and about a mile of 230-kV above-ground transmission line.

The new facility would connect to the existing Harry Allen substation. The project and associated facilities would be located within the Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone, which is about 15 miles Northeast of Las Vegas.

The project is known as the Harry Allen solar project. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has been working on an environmental assessment for the project.

The application, Case No. 14-09002 was filed under provisions of the Utility Environmental Protection Act in Nevada. The application was noted in a May 8 “daily filings report” to the Nevada PUC.

The same PUC listings also noted that Silver State Solar Power South has filed a permit application to build the Silver State Solar Power South project. It would consist of a 250-MW PV generating facility and a one-mile 220-kV transmission line, two substations and related facilities that would be located 40 miles southwest of Las Vegas in Clark County.

Silver State has received a “no-hazard” determination from the Federal Aviation Administration, according to the Nevada PUC. “This aeronautical study revealed that the structure does not exceed obstruction standards and would not be a hazard to air navigation” provided that certain conditions are met,” according to the FAA

The Silver State-South filing is under Nevada PUC Docket No. 11-09010.

First Solar (Nasdaq:FSLR) is developing the project in Primm, Nev., A subsidiary of NextEra Energy (NYSE:NEE) will own and operate the project, First Solar said last fall. The Silver State project will sell power to Edison International (NYSE:EIX) subsidiary Southern California Edison.  

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