Solar power in Nevada has been growing, due to a Renewable Portfolio Standard which requires 20% renewable energy by 2015, and 5% from solar power. Nevada, at the end of 2007, became home to then-largest photovoltaic power plant in the world, the 14.2 megawatt (peak) Nellis Solar Power Plant, which, by selling the renewable energy credits (RECs), was able to provide Nellis Air Force Base with electricity for only 2.2 cents/kWh, instead of the 9 cents they are paying Nevada Power. Since then many larger photovoltaic plants have been built, and proposed.
Nevada has vast deserts, and is capable of providing a great amount of solar power. The Nellis power plant only occupies 140 acres (57 ha) of land.
Nevada is also home to the 64 MW concentrating solar thermal power plant, Nevada Solar One.
The 350 MW Silver State South Project is a photovoltaic power station which has been proposed by First Solar, the top solar contractor in the US.
The 350 MW Moapa Solar Project is a photovoltaic power station which has been proposed by K Road Power.
Prominent Nevada-based solar installation companies include Summerlin Energy, Bombard Renewable Energy, and Hamilton Solar.
|Nevada Grid-Connected PV Capacity (MW)