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  • The facility is expected to produce 690 megawatts of electricity — enough power to supply about 260,000 households in the region and offset the greenhouse emissions of about 83,000 cars annually.
  • The project also includes a large, 380-megawatt battery storage system capable of holding solar power generated during the day that can be enabled when the sun goes down.
  • The project could be completed as early as 2022.

The Trump administration has given final approval to the largest solar energy project in United States history.

The Department of the Interior Monday signed off on the Gemini Solar Project, an estimated $1 billion solar and battery storage facility set to be built on more than 7,000 acres of federal land, located about 30 miles northeast of Las Vegas.


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The facility is expected to produce 690 megawatts of electricity — enough power to supply about 260,000 households in the region and offset the greenhouse emissions of about 83,000 cars annually. The project also includes a large, 380-megawatt battery storage system capable of holding solar power generated during the day that can be enabled when the sun goes down. 

Developers are planning to build the project in two phases, with the first portion being completed in 2021, and the second as early as 2022. The Department of Interior estimates that the project will create about 900 construction jobs and an additional 1,100 jobs in the area, and will inject an estimated $712.5 million into the economy. 

“As our economy rebounds from the invisible enemy, President Trump is working to make the United States stronger than ever before,” Interior Secretary David Bernhardt said Monday. “Our economic resurgence will rely on getting America back to work and this project delivers on that objective.”

The facility is being developed by Arevia Power and equity firm Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners. The project will serve NV Energy, a unit of Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc., as the utility works to meet the state’s requirement for 50 percent renewables by 2030, and 100 percent clean energy by 2050. 


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Published on May 12, 2020