Nevada’s largest public utility NV Energy, has signed a PPA (Power Purchase Agreement) for a solar farm project that will help the utility to power Google’s upcoming data center near Las Vegas.
The $1 billion Gemini solar farm project is to be built directly south of an Indian reservation and ill supply NV Energy, which in turn will power Google’s $600 million data center in Henderson, Nevada.
This 750,000 square foot (70,000 square meter) data center is sited close to Las Vegas on which Google has saved up to $25.2 million from tax breaks for the project. The facility is expected to come online this year.
For the Gemini solar project, NV Energy signed a 25-year PPA with the developers Arevia Power and Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners. The deal was disclosed in a filing with the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (PUCN) by Nevada Power, a unit of NV Energy, which is itself – a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Energy.
“Gemini plans to showcase at scale what we believe to be one of the most promising technological advances in renewable power. The project will demonstrate the ability to couple solar PV technology with battery storage to capture and use Nevada’s abundant renewable solar resource to deliver low cost power to NV Energy’s customers and keep the lights on long after the sun has set,”
David Scaysbrook, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Quinbrook.
According to the developers, Gemini is seen as one of the largest projects of its kind globally, with plans to host a total of 690MW of solar PV arrays located on a land of up to 7,100 acres (approx. 28 million square meters). The site is about 33 miles northeast of Las Vegas and directly south of the Moapa River Indian Reservation.
Upon completion in 2023, the solar farm is expected to generate up to 690MW of electricity and the site will have up to 380MW of lithium-ion storage.