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.
All but two UK regions failing on school energy efficiency
Most schools are still "treading water" on implementing energy efficient technology, according to new analysis of Government data from eLight.
Yorkshire & the Humber and the North East are the only regions where schools have collectively reduced how much they spend on energy per pupil, cutting expenditure by 4.4% and 0.9% respectively. Every other region of England increased its average energy expenditure per pupil, with schools in Inner London doing so by as much as 23.5%.
According to The Carbon Trust, energy bills in UK schools amount to £543 million per year, with 50% of a school’s total electricity cost being lighting. If every school in the UK implemented any type of energy efficient technology, over £100 million could be saved each year.
Harvey Sinclair, CEO of eEnergy, eLight’s parent company, said the figures demonstrate an uncomfortable truth for the education sector – namely that most schools are still treading water on the implementation of energy efficient technology. Energy efficiency could make a huge difference to meeting net zero ambitions, but most schools are still lagging behind.
“The solutions exist, but they are not being deployed fast enough," he said. "For example, we’ve made great progress in upgrading schools to energy-efficient LED lighting, but with 80% of schools yet to make the switch, there’s an enormous opportunity to make a collective reduction in carbon footprint and save a lot of money on energy bills. Our model means the entire project is financed, doesn’t require any upfront expenditure, and repayments are more than covered by the energy savings made."
He said while it has worked with over 300 schools, most are still far too slow to commit. "We are urging them to act with greater urgency because climate change won’t wait, and the need for action gets more pressing every year. The education sector has an important part to play in that and pupils around the country expect their schools to do so – there is still a huge job to be done."
North Yorkshire County Council is benefiting from the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, which has so far awarded nearly £1bn for energy efficiency and heat decarbonisation projects around the country, and Craven schools has reportedly made a successful £2m bid (click here).
The Department for Education has issued 13 tips for reducing energy and water use in schools.