EDF Renewables North America announces the signing of a 22-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with NV Energy, the Nevada electricity and natural gas provider, for the supply of electricity from the future Chuckwalla solar farm. This planned 200 MWac solar project, which will integrate a 180 MW 4-hour battery storage system, will be developed, built and operated by EDF Renewables.
This major new project forms part of the EDF Group’s Cap 2030 strategy, which aims at doubling its global renewable capacity between 2015 and 2030, to 50 GW nets.
Chuckwalla is located 35 miles northeast of Las Vegas in Clark County, Nevada on the Moapa Band of Paiute Indians Reservation.
The project will employ approximately 300 people during the construction period. Upon entry into service by the end of 2023, the Chuckwalla plant will provide the annual electricity needs to 45,000 average Nevada homes.
The large-scale energy storage system at Chuckwalla will offer grid stability by creating a balance between electricity generation and demand. A proportion of the electricity generated during daylight hours shall thus be delivered after sunset, at times of peak electricity demand.
EDF Renewables operates 3.6 GW of installed capacity in the USA, consisting of wind, solar and storage projects.
Tristan Grimbert, President and CEO of EDF Renewables North America, commented: “EDF Renewables is providing the state of Nevada with solutions to help it meet its decarbonization goals. The solar and storage system at the Chuckwalla project gives a solid guarantee of electricity supply during the evening demand peak. This latest project forms part of EDF’s Electricity Storage Plan, which aims to develop 10 GW in new electricity storage resources globally by 2035.”
About EDF Renewables
EDF Renewables is a leading international player in renewable energies, with gross installed capacity of 12.6 GW worldwide. Its development is mainly focused on wind and solar photovoltaic power. EDF Renewables operates mostly in Europe and North America but is continuing to grow by moving into promising emerging regions such as Brazil, China, India, South Africa and the Middle East. The company has strong positions in offshore wind power, but also in other areas of the renewable energies industry such as energy storage. EDF Renewables develops, builds, operates and maintains renewable energies projects, both for itself and for third parties. Most of its international subsidiaries bear the EDF Renewables brand. EDF Renewables is the EDF Group subsidiary specialising in developing solar and wind power.