NV Energy asks Nevada PUC to approve new 100-MW solar project and advance retirement date of coal plant

Written By: Stratton Report
August 15, 2016

NV Energy

On August 15, NV Energy announced it had requested that the Nevada PUC approve a new 100-megawatt solar project in Boulder City, Nevada and an earlier retirement date for the remaining 257-megawatt unit at the Reid Gardner Generating Station. The proposal asks to move the original December 31, 2017, retirement date to February 28, 2017.

NV Energy signed a 25-year power purchase agreement with the winner of its recent RFP, Techren Solar LLC, to build a 100-megawatt high-efficiency single-axis solar photovoltaic project in Eldorado Valley. The project is expected to be operational in the fourth quarter of 2018.

NV Energy noted that this request aligns with the Nevada legislature’s 2013 directive in Senate Bill 123 for a structured and orderly retirement of coal-fired generation in southern Nevada and replacing that generation with renewable energy and natural gas-fueled resources. The company retired the first three generating units at Reid Gardner at the end of 2014 and is also exiting its participation in Arizona’s Navajo Generating Station by the end of 2019.

NV Energy’s Senior Vice President of Energy Supply Kevin Geraghty observed:

“At an average cost of energy for the life of the project at approximately four cents per kilowatt-hour, this is one of the lowest-cost solar projects in the nation. And, we are very pleased with the fact that Techren has already signed a work-site agreement with local unions 357 and 396 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.”

NV Energy has requested that the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada make a decision on the filing by the end of 2016.