Solar Projects

Large-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 conventional electricity-producing processes found in traditional power plants.

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

With the Las Vegas skyline in the background, the NV Energy-owned 15-megawatt Nellis Solar Array 2 project is one of more than a dozen solar projects to meet the energy needs of NV Energy customers.

Solar Facilities that Serve NV Energy Customers

ACE Searchlight Solar - 17.5 megawatts

Searchlight Solar is a photovoltaic project owned by American Capital Energy and is located near Searchlight, Nev.

Apex Nevada Solar - 20.0 megawatts

This solar photovoltaic project located 30 miles north of Las Vegas near the Silverhawk Generating Station 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.

Boulder Solar I - 100.0 megawatts

Jointly owned by Southern Power Company and SunPower, this Eldorado Valley Nevada project consists of approximately 288,000 tracker-mounted photovoltaic panels that can produce enough electricity to power 60,000 typical homes in Nevada. It came on line late 2016.

Boulder Solar II - 50.0 megawatts

Owned by AEP Renewables, Boulder Solar II came on line in 2017. It is adjacent to Boulder Solar 1 in Eldorado Valley Nevada, which is southeast of Las Vegas.

Crescent Dunes - 110.0 megawatts

Owned by SolarReserve, this concentrated solar power tower with thermal energy storage project came on line in 2015 and is located near Tonopah, Nevada. Thanks to its molten salt energy storage system, it has the ability to produce energy for NV Energy customers during nighttime hours or cloudy periods.

Fort Churchill Solar Array - 19.5 megawatts

Owned by Apple, Inc. and situated on property leased from NV Energy adjacent to the Fort Churchill Generating Station in north Mason Valley, Nevada - this project uses SunPower's C7 Tracker advanced photovoltaic technology.

Mountain View Solar - 20.0 megawatts

This photovoltaic project near Apex, Nev. was operational in 2014 and uses single-axis tracking technology to improve its solar photovoltaic efficiency.

Nellis 1 (Solar Star) - 13.2 megawatts

Owned by Fotowatio, this solar photovoltaic power project is on the Nellis Air Force Base and began producing electricity in 2007. Nellis Air Force Base benefits from the energy and NV Energy customers benefit from the solar renewable credits that help meet the state's Renewable Portfolio Standard requirement.

Nellis Solar Array II - 15.0 megawatts

Owned by NV Energy, this 15-megawatt solar photovoltaic project became operational in 2015. Coupled with the 13.2-megawatt Nellis Solar Star project, it helps the Nellis Air Force Base run exclusively on solar energy during sunny periods.

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.

Silver State Solar North - 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.

Stillwater Solar PV - 22.0 megawatts

This solar photovoltaic project in northern Nevada came on line in 2012 and is adjacent to the Stillwater Geothermal project. It is owned by Enel North America.

SunPower (Las Vegas Valley Water District) - 3.0 megawatts

Six Las Vegas-area solar photovoltaic projects totaling 3.0 megawatts serve the Las Vegas Valley Water District, but NV Energy customers benefit from the credits that help meet the Nevada Renewable Portfolio Standard. These installations are owned by PowerLight Corporation and began producing electricity in 2006 and 2007.

Switch Station 1 - 100.0 megawatts and Switch Station 2 - 79.0 megawatts

These solar photovoltaic projects are located north of Las Vegas near the Harry Allen Generating Station. They are scheduled to come on line in 2017, and a portion of the energy from these projects take advantage of the NV GreenEnergy Rider opportunity.

Techren Solar 1 - 100.0 megawatts and Techren Solar 2 - 200.0 megawatts

These solar photovoltaic projects are located in the Eldorado Valley southeast of Las Vegas. They are scheduled to come on line in 2018, and Techren Solar 2 is still pending regulatory approval. These projects also offer customers special advantages aligned with the NV GreenEnergy Rider opportunity.

Solar Generations

NV Energy customers benefit from a variety of incentive programs to help them offset the installation costs of new renewable energy systems. This includes the SolarGenerations program, which provides incentives to install solar PV system less than 500 kilowatts in capacity at a customer's location. Program categories include residential, small business, schools, public buildings, and agriculture.