Solar Generated Power 

Liberty Utilities and our parent company Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp., are unequivocally committed to adopting sustainable energy sources for current and future generations.  In 2016, Liberty Utilities eliminated coal generated power from its power mix.  In February 2017, our first-ever solar generation facility, the Luning Solar Energy Center began producing power. Solar power is one of the least expensive power generating options and Liberty is continuing to invest in its solar portfolio as we work toward a 100% renewable generating future.   

 

Luning Solar Energy Center
Luning Solar Energy Center

The first of our solar generating facilities, the Luning Solar Energy Center is located in Luning, NV and began delivering power in 2017. This 50 megawatt (MW) facility has more than 200,000 solar panels and supplies 25% of our customers’ annual energy needs. 

Turquoise Solar Facility
Turquoise Solar Facility

Liberty’s second solar facility, the Turquoise Solar Facility was brought online in November 2019.  This facility, located east of Sparks, NV produces 10 megawatts (MW) of power.  The additional 10MW of power represents 5% of our customers’ annual energy needs.

Both solar facilities are located in western/central Nevada with an intertie to NV Energy’s transmission infrastructure.  Combined, they satisfy 30% of our customers’ annual energy demands and are the first steps in our journey to 100% renewable energy generation. Nearly all of the energy used by customers during the day in spring, summer and fall, is generated from these two facilities. 

Eliminating Coal, Purchase Power Agreement and Renewable Portfolio Standard

Liberty Utilities provides electric service to the Lake Tahoe and surrounding region—one of the  most pristine areas of the country.  We are committed to providing clean, reliable energy to keep Tahoe blue and green!  Here’s some of the innovative and progressive things we’re doing to reduce our carbon footprint.

Eliminating Coal from our Power Mix 

Our Purchase Power Agreement (PPA) with NV Energy eliminated coal-fired energy sources while increasing renewable energy sources.  These clean energy sources help us meet the ever-increasing Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) imposed by the State of California on investor-owned utilities like Liberty Utilities.

Source: Liberty Utilities’ and NV Energy’s Annual Power Source Disclosures, year ended December 31, 2018.

Note: In 2017, the State of California’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) was 27%.  Liberty Utilities recieved 25% of its energy from its Luning solar facility and purchased the remaining power from other sources in 2017, including 10% from geothermal resources which included renewable energy credits (RECs) needed to comply with CA’s standard.  However, Liberty Utilities estimates its total renewable power mix was 45.1% since the power it purchased from NV Energy also had a renewable component.

Renewables: Geothermal, Solar, Wind, Biofuel and/or Biomass.