Switch plans ambitious, massive solar project; claims it will be ‘single largest solar project portfolio’ in U.S.

Riley Sny­der, The Neva­da Inde­pen­dent — Data cen­ter giant Switch is launch­ing a new ini­tia­tive to con­struct the “sin­gle largest solar project port­fo­lio” in the Unit­ed States.

The com­pa­ny said in a release pro­vid­ed to The Neva­da Inde­pen­dent that it would con­struct the “Gigawatt 1” solar project through­out North­ern and South­ern Neva­da, aim­ing to even­tu­al­ly gen­er­ate one gigawatt of solar elec­tric­i­ty — enough to pow­er one mil­lion homes, while offer­ing a renew­able ener­gy rate at a price far below those offered by the state’s pri­ma­ry util­i­ty, NV 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,” Switch CEO Rob Roy said in a state­ment. “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.”

The com­pa­ny said it planned to offer an ambi­tious price of 4.9 cents per kilo­watt hour, which it said was far below the res­i­den­tial ser­vice and “green rid­er” prices offered by NV Ener­gy for sim­i­lar ser­vice to res­i­den­tial (16.2 cents) and large indus­tri­al (9.9 cents) cus­tomers.

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