For a utility that often appeared to the outside world to fight solar for so long, NV Energy is certainly making up for lost time by commissioning its own projects.
Yesterday, NV Energy brought its 50-MW Boulder Solar II power plant online, making it the 14th utility-scale solar plant in the utility’s service area. The utility claims that it serves 2.4 million customers throughout the state.
The new plant is adjacent to the already-in-use Boulder Solar 1 plant, which currently helping the city of Las Vegas by providing power to its city buildings and street lighting. The two Boulder projects combined are the largest solar resource serving the utility’s customers.
“All Nevadans benefit from the economic development associated with the construction of another new renewable energy facility in our state, and the renewable energy credits help encourage major customers with impressive sustainability goals to locate in or stay in Nevada,” said Pat Egan, NV Energy’s senior vice President of renewable energy and smart infrastructure.
“Additionally, our company and our customers benefit because these power purchase agreements help diversify our generation portfolio and provide long-term sources of renewable energy and capacity at a predictable and low price,” he added.
The new plant Boulder Solar II is owned by AEP Renewables, a subsidiary of American Electric Power. SunPower, which developed and built the plant, will provide ongoing operation-and-maintenance services is providing ongoing operation and maintenance services for the facility.