Solar Projects

Nevada's largest solar generating station is currently under construction near Tonopah in the southwestern portion of the state.  The 110- megawatt Crescent Dunes solar energy project will use more than 17,000 heliostat mirrors to focus the sun's thermal energy to heat molten salt flowing from this 640-foot-tall solar power tower to underground storage tanks.  This system will allow NV Energy customers to benefit from solar energy even after the sun goes down.

Utility-scale solar energy projects primarily include solar photovoltaic (PV) systems that convert sunlight into an electric current using the photoelectric effect, or concentrated solar power (CSP) that uses mirrors and tracking systems to focus a large area of sunlight into a small heat beam that is used as a heat source for a conventional power plant. 

Both systems are used to benefit NV Energy customers, and most involve long-term power purchase agreements. 

Solar Facilities that Serve NV Energy Customers

Apex Nevada Solar – 20.0 megawatts

This solar photovoltaic project located 30 miles north of Las Vegas is owned by Southern Power Company in partnership with Turner Renewable Energy. It came on line in 2012 and utilizes a highly efficient single-access tracking technology to direct solar panels to track the sun as it moves across the sky.

Crescent Dunes – 110.0 megawatts

Owned by SolarReserve, this concentrated solar power tower with thermal energy storage project is in the construction stage and is expected to be in service in 2014. Thanks to its molten salt energy storage system, it will have the ability to produce energy for NV Energy customers during nighttime hours or cloudy periods. 

Las Vegas Valley Water District (6 projects) – 3.0 megawatts

Six Las Vegas-area solar photovoltaic projects totaling 3.0 megawatts owned and operated by PowerLight Corporation.  These installations began producing electricity in 2006 and 2007.

Mountain View Solar – 20.0 megawatts

In the construction stage, this photovoltaic project near Apex, Nev. is being developed in the City of North Las Vegas and is expected to be operational in 2014.

Nellis Air Force Base Solar Star – 13.2 megawatts

Owned by Fotowatio, this solar photovoltaic power project is one of the largest in the West and can produce more than 13 megawatts of energy for the Nellis Air Force Base, located north of Las Vegas.  It began producing electricity in 2007, and NV Energy customers benefit from the solar renewable credits that help meet the state's Renewable Portfolio Standard requirement.

Nevada Solar One – 69.0 megawatts

With many years of operational success, this 69-megawatt concentrating solar thermal plant is located in the Eldorado Valley near Boulder City, Nev. It is owned and operated by Acciona Solar Power and came on line in 2007.

Searchlight Solar – 17.5 megawatts

Still in the development stage, Searchlight Solar is a photovoltaic project owned by American Capital Energy and will be located near Searchlight, Nev.

Silver State Solar – 52.0 megawatts

Operational in 2012, this photovoltaic project near Primm, Nev. is owned by Enbridge, Inc.  It was heralded as the first renewable energy project to be developed, approved and built on public lands in Nevada.

Spectrum Nevada Solar – 30.0 megawatts

Operational in 2013, this solar photovoltaic project utilizes a highly efficient single-access tracking technology to direct solar panels to track the sun as it moves across the sky.  It is owned by Southern Power Company in partnership with Turner Renewable Energy and is located in Clark County, just a few  miles northeast of Las Vegas.

SolarGenerations – 47 megawatts … and growing

NV Energy customers benefit from a variety of incentive programs to help them offset the installation costs of new renewable energy systems.  Program categories include residential, small business, schools, public buildings and agriculture.  Nearly 1,600 such solar projects have been installed or funded throughout Nevada.