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Nevada solar schemes to create 1700 construction jobs

More than 1,700 construction workers will be needed to meet NV Energy’s newly announced plans to install more than 1,000MW of solar capacity across six sites in Nevada.

Three of the projects will be located in northern Nevada and three will be located in the south of the state.

The plans also include energy storage. NV Energy is requesting approval to build 100MW of battery storage capacity – the first major use of the technology in the state.

NV Energy’s chief executive officer Paul Caudill said that the renewable energy expansion is the largest such investment in the state’s history. “The six new projects position NV Energy to keep its commitment to double renewable energy by 2023 and, importantly, by diversifying our state’s electricity generation portfolio, will reduce the costs to serve customers,” he said. The projects also represent a step forward in the company’s long-term goal of serving Nevada customers with 100% renewable energy.

Caudill added: “We calculate that the direct investment in Nevada’s economy, which includes the cost of construction, will be greater than $2 billion.” He noted that more than 1,700 construction workers will be needed, and that the company required worksite labor agreements to be signed to ensure that union craftsmen will participate. Approximately 80 new long-term, permanent jobs will be created.

The six new solar energy projects and three related battery-energy storage resources are the result of a competitive solicitation initiated in January of this year. All projects are expected to be completed and serving customers by the end of 2021.

The six projects will be added to NV Energy’s current portfolio of 51 geothermal, solar, hydro, wind, biomass and supported rooftop solar projects – bringing NV Energy’s total renewable energy portfolio to more than 3.2 gigawatts of renewable energy in Nevada.

 

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This article was published on 4 Jun 2018 (last updated on 4 Jun 2018).

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