EDF Renewable Energy has announced its acquisition of the 179-MW Switch Station 1 and Switch Station 2 solar projects from First Solar.
Upon completion of construction, the combined output will be sold to NV Energy. In addition, NV Energy also will own related environmental attributes under three power purchase agreements. The modules, from First Solar, will be mounted on horizontal single-axis trackers.
Commercial operation dates for the two projects are scheduled for late July 2017 and late September 2017, respectively.
Switch Station 1 and 2, north of Las Vegas, are among NV Energy’s four such universal-scale solar projects. NV Energy’s additional universal-scale solar projects include its 19.5-MW Fort Churchill Solar Array in Lyon County and its 300-MW Techren Solar and Boulder Solar II projects near Boulder City, Nevada, along with NV Energy’s 100-MW Boulder Solar 1.
“The acquisition of Switch Station 1 and Switch Station 2 marks EDF RE’s entry into Nevada, a state with world-class solar resources where we plan to build additional projects in the coming years,” commented Ryan Pfaff, executive vice president of EDF Renewable Energy. “We are pleased to be working with First Solar, one of our key solar partners, to deliver affordable, reliable solar energy to NV Energy and its customers.”
“This is an exciting development in our long-standing relationship with EDF,” said Richard Romero, First Solar vice president of treasury and project finance. “There is great value in our shared ability to creatively structure a deal that meets both partners’ needs.” ♦