Berkshire’s NV Energy Doubles its Renewable Energy RFP

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NV Energy, a unit of Berkshire Hathaway Energy, has issued a new RFP (Request for Proposals) seeking an additional 100 megawatts of renewable energy resources for its Southern Nevada customers.

NV Energy’s 2014 renewable energy RFP called for adding 100 megawatts of renewable energy, The new RFP combines the 2014 RFP with a new 2015 RFP to bring the total requested renewable energy to 200 megawatts.

The move comes after the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada pushed NV Energy to develop additional renewable energy resources before the expiration of federal energy tax credits and other public-interest benefits.

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Large scale solar projects have gone mainstream in recent years due in part to favorable tax credits, and Berkshire Hathaway has been a major player.

Among its acquisitions, MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company purchased two large-scale solar photovoltaic power plants from SunPower in 2013.

According to the company, bidders responding to the original 2014 RFP will be provided an opportunity to refresh their original proposals.

NV Energy, Inc., brings energy services to 1.3 million Nevada customers, and its renewable energy sources include 20 geothermal energy plants, nine solar energy projects, six hydro facilities, a large windfarm and a variety of biomass, methane and waste-heat recovery projects.

© 2015 David Mazor

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