NV Energy to installed 1GW of solar and 100MW of energy storage in Nevada
The Nevada-based utility, NV Energy, have announced they have contracted 1GW of new solar capacity and 100MW of energy storage for the state.
The projects make up the largest renewable energy expansion Nevada has ever seen.
There will be six solar projects developed in the state, three of which will use batteries, as a result of January’s competitive solicitation.
The US$2bn projects are expected to be operational by the end of 2021.
“The six new projects position NV Energy to keep its commitment to double renewable energy by 2023 and, importantly, by diversifiying our state’s eletricty generation portfolio, will reduce the costs to serve customers,” remarked Paul Caudill, CEO of NV Energy.
A 300MW Eagle Shadow Mountain Solar Farm will located north of Las Vegas by 8minutenergy.
Sempra Renewables will develop the Copper Mountain Solar 5 project, which will have a capacity of 250MW.
The 200MW Dodge Flat Solar Energy Centre will be found east of Reno, to be developed by Nextra Energy Resources. The centre will feature 50MW of energy storage.
The firm will also develop the Fish Springs Ranch Solar Energy Centre, which will be built north of Reno and have 100MW of renewable energy capacity and 25Mw of storage.
Cypress Creek Renewables have been contracted to develop the 101MW Battle Mountain Solar Project, which will have 25MW of battery storage.
The final project, the 50MW Techren Solar V project will be located in Eldorado Valley. The site will be added to the Techren Solar I, II, III, and IV projects that are currently under construction by Techren Solar, bringing the total capacity to 400MW.
HyNet North West and InterGen to build Zero Carbon plant
Expected to begin in the mid-2020s, the partnership could reduce the CO2 emissions from the Runcorn power station by over 150,000 tonnes each year, the equivalent of taking 60,000 cars off the road every year.
Situated across one of the UK’s largest industrial areas which supports the highest number of manufacturing jobs of any UK region, HyNet North West will bring clean growth to safeguard jobs, and create thousands of new employment opportunities.
Following a commitment of £72 million in funding, HyNet North West will transform the North West into the world’s first low carbon industrial cluster, playing a critical role in the UK’s transition to ‘net zero’ greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and the global fight against climate change.
HyNet North West will begin decarbonising the North West and North Wales region from 2025, replacing fossil fuels currently used for electricity generation, industry, heating homes and transportation with clean hydrogen. The project will also capture and lock up carbon which is currently emitted into the atmosphere.
It anticipates that by 2028, Rocksavage will have enough hydrogen produced by HyNet to move towards a 100% net zero power generation power station as the Gas Turbine technology becomes available.
InterGen’s Rocksavage Plant Manager Dan Fosberg said Rocksavage has been safely generating energy to power the north west for nearly 25 years, but in order to meet the UK’s net zero targets, traditional generation needs to adapt.
"HyNet North West will allow us to pivot our operations as we transition to a low-carbon world. The proximity of the Rocksavage Power Plant to the HyNet North West hydrogen network provides us with an exciting and unique opportunity," he said.
As soon as the first stage of the hydrogen network is available at Runcorn, InterGen intends to modify the existing generating plant to consume a blend of hydrogen with natural gas and start to reduce our emissions.
The HyNet North West project milestones mean that Rocksavage could be the first plant in the UK to blend Hydrogen with natural gas, a step forward for the industry in the target for net-zero. Once the gas turbine technology becomes available, it will explore options with HyNet North West to create a zero emissions power station using 100% hydrogen.
The project will play a big part in supporting Liverpool City Region in its commitment to reach zero carbon by 2040 and accelerate the UK’s transition to net zero by 2050.
Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of Liverpool City Region, said: “Putting the Liverpool City Region at the heart of the Green Industrial Revolution is one of my top priorities. With our existing strengths in green energy, we have the potential to become the UK’s renewable energy coast.
“I am committed to doubling the number of green jobs in our region and exciting projects like HyNet will be a key part of that. We’re going to lead the way, not only in doing our bit to tackle climate change, but in pioneering new and innovative technology that in turn attracts more jobs and investment to our region.”
David Parkin, HyNet North West Project Director, said HyNet North West will play a big part in tackling climate change regionally. "It will ensure the region remains an attractive location for investment and for companies to grow through the establishment of a clean economy, protection of skilled jobs and creation of thousands of new long-term employment opportunities.
“Our partnership with InterGen at Rocksavage shows just how great an impact HyNet will have on the region – decarbonising homes, workplaces, travel and industry.”
HyNet North West is a low carbon energy project at the forefront of the UK’s journey to a Net Zero future, being developed by a consortium comprising Progressive Energy, Cadent, Essar, Inovyn, Eni, University of Chester, CF Fertilisers and Hanson.