NextEra pursues 250-MW Yellow Pine Solar project in Nevada

The Yellow Pine Solar LLC affiliate of NextEra Energy Resources on June 24 filed with the Nevada Public Utilities Commission a notice of its plans for a 250-MW photovoltaic project in Clark County, Nevada, near the town of Pahrump.

It noted that the project will need a right-of-way approval from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. Once the project clears environmental review at BLM, the company will file its formal application for approval at the PUC. NextEra originally filed with BLM in 2011 for approval of this project, which was then known as the Sandy Valley Solar Project. It is now known as the Yellow Pine Solar Project.

The project area is about 32 miles west of Las Vegas. The company said two interconnect options are being looked at:

  • Run a 138-kV gen-tie line of seven to 11 miles in length from the project site, across S.R. 160, to the existing 230-kV line of Valley Electric Association, with the new line then running in parallel to the existing line until it interconnects with the Sandy Valley Substation; or
  • Build a new substation at the solar project site, then run a 230-kV gen-tie line across S.R. 160 to interconnect with the Valley Electric Association 230-kV line.

The company said it wants to begin construction on this project in the third quarter of 2019, with full commercial operation by the end of 2020.

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