Switch announces big Gigawatt 1 joint solar project
By Mick Akers, Las Vegas Sun — Switch plans to build the single largest solar project portfolio in the country in Nevada, the technology infrastructure company based out of Las Vegas announced today.
In a partnership with Capital Dynamics, the second-largest owner of solar projects in the U.S., the Gigawatt 1 solar project will be built in Southern and Northern Nevada.
The project will generate some of the lowest-priced solar power in the world and produce enough clean energy to power almost 1 million homes.
The project is part of Switch owner and Chief Executive Officer Rob Roy’s Gigawatt Nevada plan that he introduced in 2015. Among Switch’s goals, the company wants to power its data centers with 100 percent renewable energy.
“The foundation of Gigawatt Nevada is that Nevada should harness the sun the same way Alaska harnesses its oil to significantly benefit all Nevadans,” Roy said. “Nevada enjoys the best solar window in the nation and so we Nevadans should not only be using solar for ourselves, but exporting it throughout the western U.S. to create new jobs, tax revenue, economic diversification, and raise energy independence.”