Tesla’s Giant Solar & Energy Facility Near Las Vegas Has 528,084 Solar Panels
Tesla’s giant solar and energy facility near Las Vegas will power 60,000 homes with its 528,084 solar panels and 90 MW/360 MWh Tesla Megapack. The new facility, Arevon Townsite Solar and Storage, is in Boulder City, Nevada, and will generate 500,000 MWh of electricity per year.
“Arevon has completed the Townsite Solar and Storage facility, consisting of 528,084 solar panels and a 360MW Tesla Megapack, generating more than 500,000 MWh of renewable energy per year to service the local community and an electric cooperative, powering 60,000 homes and avoiding 400,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually.”
Drive Tesla Canada noted that the construction of the facility began in November 2020 and it recently went live on January 11, 2022. The article also pointed out that the facility services the local community of Boulder City and that it has a 230 kV substation tied into the Mead Substation which is just outside of the city. The facility was a joint project between Arevon and Rosendin, which is an employee-owned electrical contractor. It’s also one of the fastest-growing renewable energy groups in the nation. Read more here.
On January 11, 2022, Rosendin held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the site. Fox5 News interviewed Josh Coon, project manager at Townsite Solar, about the project. “We’ll be able to take […] the energy generated during those peak production hours, and shift that into the afternoon/evening,” Josh Coon said.
Les Krifaton, the reporter who interviewed Josh, added:
“It’s no big deal to be able to do that for a single-family home, but when it comes to generating power for communities, that’s where the challenge was. Not anymore. Tesla solved the problem with a massive battery storage system that has been integrated into the project. It’s a big win for those who are getting their power from this solar farm.”
Josh added that this was one of the first large utility–commercial hybrid projects of its size anywhere in the country.
Boulder City’s Mayor Kiernan McManus also spoke about the solar and energy storage facility.
“Boulder City’s been involved in these solar projects for a number of years now, but this is the first one where we’ll have energy storage via these batteries here.”
He added that the city will be purchasing about 10% of its electricity needs from the solar-plus-battery project. The land that the solar farm is using was virtually unused until now and will generate power for the city with a 30-year lease.
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