New Plant Will Increase Renewable Energy Supply to Power Homes, Businesses
Congresswoman Shelley Berkley today welcomed an announcement that a conditional loan guarantee has been awarded to the Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project in Nevada. The facility will create new clean energy jobs in the Silver State and boost the supply of renewable energy needed to power local homes and businesses.
"This is a smart investment that will create new Nevada jobs and increase our supply of clean renewable energy. That is why I fought Republican efforts to cut the loans for renewable energy projects like this new solar plant near Tonopah. Nevada's future is in clean energy and we can create jobs and strengthen our economy by investing in the development of more solar, wind, geothermal and other sources of renewable power found in abundance right here at home in the Silver State," said Berkley.
Berkley voted in the House to block Republican efforts to cut the loan guarantees needed for construction of the solar plant near Tonopah.
"The Republican budget would have stripped Nevada of this opportunity for hundreds of new clean energy jobs by ending loan guarantees for this new solar project. Instead of investing in Nevada's clean-energy economy and the jobs it will create, Republicans voted repeatedly to end funding for a 21st Century solar plant that will provide hundreds of paychecks to Nevada workers and renewable energy to power more than 43,000 homes. Tapping Nevada's endless free supply of sunshine and our State's other renewable energy resources will not only create more jobs, it will add to America's energy security and help diversify our State's economy at the same time. This is an absolute win-win for Nevadans," said Berkley.
The Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project, sponsored by SolarReserve, LLC, will be the first of its kind in the United States. Located near Tonopah, the facility will create 600 construction jobs and 45 operations jobs. The project is expected to produce approximately 500,000 megawatt hours annually, enough to power more than 43,000 homes. Power from the project will be sold to NV Energy to meet its Renewable Portfolio Standard.