EDF Renewables North America has signed a 22-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with NV Energy for the supply of electricity from the future Chuckwalla solar farm in the US state of Nevada.
The 200MW project, which will be integrated with a 180MW four-hour battery storage system, will be developed, built and operated by EDF Renewables.
Chuckwalla is located 56km northeast of Las Vegas in Clark County on the Moapa Band of Paiute Indians Reservation.
The project will employ approximately 300 people during the construction period.
Upon entry into service by the end of 2023, the plant will provide the annual electricity needs to 45,000 average Nevada homes.
The storage system at Chuckwalla will offer grid stability by creating a balance between electricity generation and demand.
A proportion of the electricity generated during daylight hours shall thus be delivered after sunset, at times of peak electricity demand, EDF said.
EDF Renewables operates 3.6 GW of installed capacity in the USA, consisting of wind, solar and storage projects.
EDF Renewables North America president and chief executive Tristan Grimbert said: “EDF Renewables is providing the state of Nevada with solutions to help it meet its decarbonization goals.
“The solar and storage system at the Chuckwalla project gives a solid guarantee of electricity supply during the evening demand peak.
“This latest project forms part of EDF’s Electricity Storage Plan, which aims to develop 10GW in new electricity storage resources globally by 2035.”