The sad fact that solar farms don’t work at night is their major drawback. However, that problem is getting ever closer to being solved.
A newly approved 690-megawatt solar electric farm to be built near Las Vegas, Nevada, will set a record for paired battery storage.
The Gemini Solar Project will have the ability to shift electricity produced when the sun is shining to evening hours.
The project, once installed at full capacity, will be the largest solar photovoltaic project in the State of Nevada. The project site is located approximately 25 miles northeast of the Las Vegas metropolitan area, immediately south of the Moapa River Indian Reservation in an unincorporated area of Clark County, Nevada.
The solar farm will bring enough power to Las Vegas to power 400,000 homes, and its planned 380-megawatt battery array with roughly 1.5 gigawatt-hours of storage capacity will enable at least four hours of energy storage.
The Gemini Solar Project is the first to be approved for construction on public land since 2018.
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