690 MW Nevada solar-storage project approved

13 May 2020

The US federal government has given final approval for the Gemini solar-storage project in Nevada.

The US Bureau of Land Management and Department of the Interior say that the 690 MW project – the largest of its kind in the country – can go ahead with a record of decision that formally concludes the federal authorisation and environmental review process.

The $1.1 billion project is being developed by Arevia Power and is backed by Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners. It will help the state of Nevada to meet its requirement for 50 per cent renewables by 2030 and 100 per cent clean energy by 2050.

Quinbrook co-founder and managing partner David Scaysbrook said: “This final decision officially clears the pathway for Quinbrook, and our development partners at Arevia, to accelerate completion of detailed project designs and procurement plans for one of the world’s largest renewables projects ever undertaken.

“Gemini offers the opportunity to showcase, at an unprecedented scale, what we believe to be one of the most promising technological advances in coupling battery storage to utility scale solar power to produce low cost renewable energy over the long term.”

Gemini will comprise solar arrays installed on 7100 acres of land, with 380 MW of battery storage.

In June 2019, Gemini signed a 25-year power purchase agreement with Nevada utility NV Energy.

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