Energy - DECEMBER 6, 2019

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Nevada PUCN approves $1b solar and battery storage project

by Andrea Zander

The Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (PUCN) has granted approval of Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners’ 25-year power-purchase agreement with NV Energy for the 690-megawatt AC Gemini Solar + Battery Storage Project in Clark County, Nev.

Gemini is believed to be one of the largest projects of its kind globally, with plans to host 690 megawatts of solar photovoltaic arrays located on up to 7,100 acres, coupled with battery storage infrastructure. The Gemini project, expected to exceed $1 billion in capital expenditure, will capture and store solar energy during the day and dispatch it during the early evening peak period when power demand surges in Nevada. The addition of battery storage to renewable generation sources is designed to enable the long-term reduction of carbon emissions from existing power generation sources. Once built and operational, Gemini is expected to help reduce carbon emissions by 1.5 million tons per year.

“This decision from the PUCN clea

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