Gemini Solar Power will become the largest solar installation in the U.S.

The solar farm and battery storage system project is expected to be built in two phases. The first one coming online in 2021 and the last one in 2022.

The US federal government approved on Monday the construction and operation of Gemini solar and battery storage project in Nevada. It will be located 30 miles northeast of Las Vegas.

Gemini Solar Project could be an estimated $1 billion investment. The solar farm will be able to produce 690 MW of electricity and the battery storage system will generate 380 MW.

That’s enough energy to power 260,000 households in Las Vegas, help supply energy markets in Southern California and employ 1,100 people during the construction phase.

The first phase of the solar farm is expected to cover about 11 square miles of Nevada desert and will produce 440 megawatts of electricity for use in the state.

The second phase of construction will add another 250 megawatts of energy for use in Nevada, Arizona or California in 2022.

The battery storage system will store energy for high-use times like the early evening, (Jennifer Dlouhy reports for Bloomberg)

It will create about 2,000 direct and indirect jobs and inject an estimated $712.5 million in the economy 

David Bernhardt – Interior Secretary 

Gemini Solar Project will be carried out in collaboration with the Australian company Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners and the Californian company Arevia Power.

The installation could become the eighth-largest facility in the world.

More information and sources:

AA.com

Smithsonian Magazine 

Picture: @angarav – Unsplash

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