EDF Renewables to buy power from 200MW Chuckwalla solar project

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EDF Renewables North America has signed a 22-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with NV Energy for the Chuckwalla Solar+Storage project.

The Chuckwalla project includes a 200MW solar photovoltaic project and a 180MW, four-hour battery storage system.

It is located on the Moapa Band of Paiute Indians Reservation, 35 miles northeast of Las Vegas in Clark County, Nevada.

The project is expected to enter into operations by the end of 2023.

Once operational, the Chuckwalla project will deliver enough clean electricity annually to power 45,000 average Nevada homes.

EDF Renewables North America West Region Development vice president Ian Black said: “EDF Renewables is pleased to strengthen our relationship with NV Energy, building on our 2019 agreement to develop and build the Arrow Canyon Solar+Storage project.

“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.”

Over its operating life, the Chuckwalla project is expected to benefit the Moapa Tribe and local community through land lease, tax and other payments and approximately 300 temporary construction related jobs.

EDF Renewables said that it is committed to providing solutions to meet Nevada’s carbon-reduction goals.

The company has developed 16GW of renewable projects developed throughout North America. It also has 10GW capacity under service contracts.

It offers a fully integrated bundle of energy solutions from grid-scale wind, solar, and solar plus storage projects to electric vehicle charging and energy storage management.