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.