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NV Energy announces transmission and renewable energy project

USA, Nevada: NV Energy announced its plans for Greenlink Nevada, a transmission and renewable energy initiative that will transform Nevada’s clean energy landscape, create thousands of jobs, promote economic development, and position the state to achieve its environmental and carbon reduction goals.

Greenlink Nevada comprises two distinct transmission line segments that will allow access to and future development of Nevada’s renewable energy resources, increase electric reliability for Nevadans, and position Nevada as an energy leader in the western United States for decades to come.The project will also provide the infrastructure needed to support the growth of new and expanding businesses in Nevada.

Construction on Greenlink Nevada is slated to begin in 2020 and expected to be fully complete in 2031.

“Greenlink Nevada is essential to unlocking Nevada’s clean energy potential and meeting Nevada’s renewable and decarbonisation goals by providing access to new in-state solar and geothermal resources and creating opportunities to maximise renewable resource opportunities across the west. Nevada’s recently enhanced renewable portfolio standard calls for 50 % of energy used in Nevada to come from renewable energy resources, and these transmission lines are timed in order to meet this mandate and to make significant advancements to meet the state’s 2050 carbon reduction objectives,” said Doug Cannon, NV Energy president and chief executive officer.

The transmission initiative also aligns with NV Energy’s plan to support Nevada’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Greenlink Nevada, if approved, will immediately start to generate an estimated $781 M in economic activity and support more than 4,000 jobs during its 11-year construction period.

Greenlink North, the first major segment, will be a 525 kV line that spans approximately 378 km (235 mi) from Ely to Yerington. Greenlink West, the second major segment, will be a 564 km (351 mi), 525 kV line from Las Vegas to Yerington. Greenlink Nevada will also include three 345 kV lines from Yerington to the Reno and Innovation Park areas to support new economic development.

NV Energy also announced three new solar plus storage projects as part of its Integrated Resource Plan filing. The projects, which will be built in southern Nevada, total 478 MW of new solar PV generation and 338 MW of battery storage, and have the capacity to power more than 107,000 homes. They will create more than 700 temporary jobs using a highly qualified workforce.

“These projects as well as Greenlink Nevada will create jobs while helping us meet our state’s renewable portfolio standard of 50% by 2030, and contribute to NV Energy’s long-term goal to serve customers with 100% renewable energy,” Cannon concluded.

Source: T&D World