NV Energy to Build 200MW of Solar Power for Apple

Apple will dedicate up to five megawatts of power to Nevada Energy’s future subscription solar program for residential and commercial customers.

NV EnergyLas Vegas—NV Energy announced that it reached an agreement with Apple to build 200 megawatts of additional solar energy in Nevada intended for Apple’s renewable energy needs at its Reno data center. The projects are slated for completion by early 2019.

“Investing in innovative clean energy sources is vital to Apple’s commitment to reaching, and maintaining, 100 percent renewable energy across all our operations,” said Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president for environment, policy and social initiatives. “Our partnership with NV Energy helps assure our customers their iMessages, FaceTime video chats and Siri inquiries are powered by clean energy, and supports efforts to offer the choice of green energy to Nevada residents and businesses.”

The next step for NV Energy is to file an application with the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (PUCN) to enter into a power purchase agreement (PPA) for the solar facility. The project will bring NV Energy’s total solar resources in Nevada, both in construction or under review for approval, to more than 529 megawatts. The solar company currently serves 491 megawatts of universal solar resources to its Nevada customers. According to a press statement, Apple will dedicate up to five megawatts of power to NV Energy’s future subscription solar program for residential and commercial customers.

“We are proud to play a role in helping Apple meet their energy needs with Nevada’s abundant solar resource,” said Paul Caudill, president & CEO of NV Energy. “In partnership with our customers, we continue to develop a more balanced fuel mix in a way that benefits the local economy by providing hundreds of jobs for Nevadans, particularly those in the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers local 357 and 396, and advances the state’s policy goals.”

NV Energy customers are served by more than 1,900 megawatts of renewable energy in Nevada, including 19 geothermal energy resources, 13 solar energy facilities, six hydro plants, one wind farm and several biomass, methane and other renewable energy projects.

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