EDF Renewables North America, NV Energy, McCarthy Building Companies, and the Moapa Band of Paiute Indians recognised the completion of the Arrow Canyon solar plus storage project. The project, constructed by EDF Renewables, began construction in September 2021, with the solar portion completed in December 2022 and the storage portion completed in November 2023.
The project consists of 275 MW of solar and a 75 MW five-hour battery energy storage system and is situated on the Moapa Indian Reservation, 32 km from Las Vegas. Reportedly, the project has the potential to generate clean energy for 57,600 average Nevada families. During construction, about 450 jobs were created, with tribal members filling 10 per cent of them. Furthermore, the energy generated is provided to NV Energy under a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA). Additionally, the project includes 621,000 high-efficiency bifacial solar photovoltaic modules and 564 battery segments.
Last year, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) awarded EDF Renewables North America a 1 GW solar and battery storage contract as part of its 2021 solicitation for large-scale renewable energy certificates. The Columbia Solar Energy Centre and Ridge View Solar Energy Centre, each with 350 MWac of capacity and 20 MW of co-located battery storage, are among the solar projects included in the contract. The Columbia Solar Energy Centre is in Herkimer County, in the towns of Columbia and Litchfield, while the Ridge View Solar Energy Centre is in Hartland, Niagara County.
REGlobal’s Views: This is EDF Renewables’ first solar and storage project in Nevada. The company has been implementing similar projects across rest of the country, as utilities integrate more storage in their grids to account for higher renewable energy penetration.