This week, EDF Renewables North America announced the signing of a 22-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA), with NV Energy, for a 200-MW solar photovoltaic (PV) project along with a 180 MW, four-hour battery storage system.
The Chuckwalla solar+storage project, located on the Moapa Band of Paiute Indians Reservation, in Clark County, Nevada, is expected to be online by the end of 2023. According to the companies, the project will benefit the Moapa Tribe and local community through land lease, tax and other payments in addition to providing around 300 temporary construction related jobs when it is being built.
By coupling the solar facility with an energy storage solution, electricity produced during peak solar hours can be dispatched later in the day, creating balance between electricity generation and demand. Energy storage can further smooth electricity prices, manage evening energy ramps, mitigate curtailment and provide grid stability.
Ian Black, Vice President, West Region Development at EDF Renewables North America, said, “The battery and solar system work together to provide more energy during the summer evening peak hours, when system needs are the greatest. NV Energy can utilize the battery at their discretion in all months of the year allowing mitigation of demand spikes.”
With 16-GW of renewable projects developed throughout North America, EDF Renewables provides many energy solutions from grid-scale wind, solar, and solar+storage projects to electric vehicle charging and energy storage management.