September 3, 2014 - Today, NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, Southern California Edison and First Solar, Inc. to break ground on the 250MW solar project being constructed in Primm, Nevada, on the California/Nevada border 40 miles south of Las Vegas. The project is strategically located near a major transmission hub and is adjacent to an existing power plant and transmission line corridor.
A subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources will own and operate the project. All of the power from Silver State South will be provided to Southern California Edison under a long-term contract.
"Renewable energy sources such as solar power play an important role in the future energy mix in this country," said Armando Pimentel, president and chief executive officer of NextEra Energy Resources. "We look forward to working with First Solar and Southern California Edison to make this project a reality."
"Coming on the eve of the Clean Energy Summit, the timing of the Silver State South groundbreaking couldn't be more perfect," said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. "This project proves again that solar energy is the wave of the future. It stimulates economic growth, creates jobs, and replaces fossil-fueled energy with clean solar power." Reid noted that the Silver State South Solar Project will provide 300 construction jobs and create benefits for many local businesses in addition to generating state and local tax revenue.
"First Solar is excited to celebrate this important milestone, and honored to continue to work with NextEra Energy Resources and Southern California Edison," said Jim Hughes, chief executive officer of First Solar. "By working together, we will provide jobs and significant economic benefits to Clark County as well as helping SCE deliver, clean renewable energy to its customers."
When fully operational by early 2016, the project is expected to generate enough clean solar energy to serve the needs of approximately 80,000 homes per year, displacing approximately 150,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) annually-the equivalent of taking nearly 30,000 cars off the road.