NV Energy eyes solar expansion

NV Energy, part of billionaire Warren Buffett’s MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company (MEHC), is moving ahead with plans to own and operate Nevada solar projects 20MW (AC) and larger to help comply with state law.

NV Energy, which MEHC acquired in December,  is seeking information from renewable energy developers to assist its effort to identify potential new solar sites that could deliver electricity to the utility’s southern grid. The deadline for responses is 21 March.

Last June, Nevada’s legislature passed Senate Bill 123, which mandates that NV Energy build 350MW of new renewable energy to partly compensate for the elimination of 800MW of coal-fired power generation from its portfolio.

Spokesman Mark Severts tells Recharge that the utility now has 224.7MW of solar power in its portfolio, all of it via power purchase agreements.  It has contracted an additional 110MW from the Crescent Dunes concentrated solar project that will fully enter service later this year. The plant in Tonopah, Nevada, is owned by Solar Reserve.