2012 marked the company’s highest growth year in its 25-year renewable energy history adding nine new renewable energy projects or project improvements for more than 350 additional megawatts of capacity, which helped NV Energy receive Top 10 recognition for the organization’s solar adoption for the first time.
NV Energy’s president and chief executive officer Michael Yackira notes that, “NV Energy was early in recognizing the benefits of renewable energy in Nevada; long before there was a law that required us to do so. With solar now leading the way in renewables, NV Energy has helped position Nevada as one of the nations’ leaders, and I am proud of our team and our company.”
NV Energy offers a diverse renewable energy portfolio of more than 35 Nevada renewable facilities, which include solar thermal, solar photovoltaic, geothermal, small hydro, biomass, wind, and waste-heat recovery projects. Five additional renewable energy projects are either in construction or in development.
SEPA president and chief executive officer Julia Hamm adds: “We are pleased to welcome NV Energy to our Top 10 list, which identifies the leaders from our upcoming sixth annual Utility Solar Rankings Report. In 2012 new installations resulted in almost 1,500 megawatts of additional new solar connected to the grid, a doubling in new solar capacity from two years ago, she noted adding that “both the number of systems and the amount of new capacity make solar electricity the fastest growing electric source in the U.S. in 2012. SEPA will continue to promote our utility leaders and encourage wide spread solar adoption to ensure a clean, diverse energy mix for the future.”
The full report will be released in May 2013.