The 50-MW Turquoise Nevada solar project, to be constructed in the Reno Technology Park will benefit from a 25-year PPA and is expected to be operational by the end of 2020. The Turquoise Nevada solar project is a venture of Estuary Capital Advisors and Sumitomo Corporation of Americas. NV Energy has submitted a separate request with the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada to utilize the NV GreenEnergy Rider program to help a major customer offset 100 percent of its next phase of growth with solar energy.
If approved, the new solar energy projects will be operational on or before September 1, 2020.
(Source: NV Energy, Various Media, 8 Nov., 2017) Contact: NV Energy , Pat Egan, VP Renewable Energy and Smart Infrastructure, www.nvenergy.com
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NV Energy subsidiaries Nevada Power Co. and Sierra Pacific Power Co. will purchase power from the two projects.
Although this acquisition is EDF's entry into Nevada, the company has developed nine gigawatts of wind, solar, biomass and biogas projects in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. (Source: EDF, San Diego Bus. Journal, Others, 14 July, 2017) Contact: EDF Energy Renewables, Ryan Pfaff, Exec. VP, Tim Wheeler, Onshore Wind Development Manager, www.edf-er.com; First Solar, Brian Kunz, VP Project Dev., Steve Krum (602) 427-3359, firstname.lastname@example.org, David Brady, Inv. Rel., (602) 414-9315, email@example.com, www.firstsolar.com
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In his vetot, Sandoval said he was concerned about passing new energy legislation in light of the state's pending Energy Choice Initiative which, if adopted, could dramatically restructure the state's electric power market.
The Governor tasked his Committee on Energy Choice to study and make recommendations on the ramifications of a higher renewable portfolio standard and the community solar program.
(Source: Office of Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, GTM, 19 June, 2017) Contact: Nev. Gov. Brian Sandoval, gov.nv.gov
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The legislation is intended to correct changes made in 2015-16 that effectively drove up the cost of residential solar and virtually halted the state's previously booming residential-solar industry and caused Sunrun, SolarCity and many small solar contractors to leave the solar business in Nevada.
Assembly Bill 270 is among five bills aimed at promoting renewable energies.
Other measures would require solar companies to make contracts clearer, allow multiple homes to share solar energy and speed up the state's move to renewables.
State law currently directs NV Energy, the state's monopolized utility, and any other providers to generate 20 pct of retail electricity from renewable sources.
(Source: Nevada Legislature, CBS Las Vegas, AP, 6 April, 2017)
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