NV Energy seeks 230-kV line for Playa solar project

Nevada Power d/b/a NV Energy has asked the state Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to approve a segment of 230-kV transmission line associated with development of the Playa Solar project.

The utility filed the application for a transmission line spanning three-tenths of a mile (0.3 mile) with the Nevada PUC on March 29. The company is asking that the line and associated facilities be built at the Harry Allen substation, which is located about 23 miles northeast of Las Vegas in Clark County.

The request, filed under Nevada’s Utility Environmental Protection Act (UEPA), notes that Nevada Power and Playa Solar have “obtained all other permits, licenses and approvals required by federal, state and local statutes.”

The application says that the project is in the public interest and that the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has determined that the project would have “minimum” adverse effect on the environment. Nevada Power says in the application that the project is “in the public interest.”

Playa Solar is an affiliate of First Solar (NASDAQ:FSLR). The project could generate up to 200 MW. The project already has power purchase agreements (PPAs) lined up with data centers.

Nevada Power and NV Energy are part of Berkshire Hathaway Energy.

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