Nevada's NV Energy has awarded power purchase agreements for about 1.2 GW of solar and 590 MW of battery storage capacity in the state to three developers.

The successful sponsors, following a competitive solicitation launched last fall, are EDF Renewables North America8minute Solar Energy and Quinbrook Infrastructure. All three projects are located in Clark County.

EDF and Quinbrook's contracts are each 25 years in length. The duration of the PPA awarded to 8minute could not immediately be confirmed.

Energy guaranty

EDF's winning bid was for its 200 MW Arrow Canyon Solar Project, which has a 75 MW, five-hour battery storage component, on the Moapa Band of Paiutes Indian Reservation.

“EDF Renewables is pleased to work with NV Energy under this innovative structure whereby the battery and solar system work together to provide NV Energy with a robust energy guaranty during the summer evening peak hours, when system needs are the greatest,” said Cliff Graham, senior vice president, U.S. development, at EDF, in a statement. “NV Energy can utilize the battery at their discretion in all other months of the year, allowing mitigation of demand spikes.”

$35/MWh

8minute, meanwhile, was successful with its 300 MW Southern Bighorn Solar & Storage Center, which incorporates a 135 MW/540 MWh four-hour battery energy system, on the Moapa River Indian Reservation. The developer says the project will be fully dispatchable throughout the day at an average price, including time of delivery adjustments, of $35/MWh.

Quinbrook won the biggest contract for its 690 MW Gemini Solar + Battery Storage Project, which includes a 380 MW battery storage system and is located on land managed by the Bureau of Land Management. Quinbrook is working with developer Arevia Power on the project.

The projects are all expected to be online by the end of 2023. EDF says its project will begin delivering power in December 2022.

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