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Nevada Solar

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Data Current Through:
Q2 2018
Solar Installed (MW):
2,657.73
National Ranking:
4th (9th in 2017)
State Homes Powered by Solar:
433,263
Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar:
11.52%
Solar Jobs:
6,564
Solar Companies in State:
82 (10 Manufacturers, 35 Installers/Developers, 37 Others)
Total Solar Investment in State
$4122.52 Million
Prices have fallen
47% over the last 5 years
Growth Projection and Ranking:
3,060 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 6th)
Number Of Installations
30,207

With numerous utility-scale, residential and commercial solar projects, Nevada has long been a top state for solar. While the Public Utility Commission of Nevada changed the net metering policy offered to solar customers in Nevada, which slowed down solar deployment, in 2017 the Nevada legislature voted to resurrect net metering. SEIA is working in Nevada to establish policies to promote new solar growth for all sectors of the industry and create a sustainable market with transparent policies.

2018-Q2-NV

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SEIA Nevada State Policy Priorities

  • Ensure future access to net metering for solar customers.
  • Expand DG opportunity through the Solar Generations program (implementation of AB 428).
  • Ensure fair and transparent rules for utility-scale solicitations (implementation of SB 123).
  • Support the state renewable portfolio standard.
  • Work with stakeholders to ensure that a transition to Energy Choice includes access to renewable energy

Notable Solar Installations in Nevada

  • Copper Mountain 3 in Boulder City was completed in 2015 by developer First Solar.  This photovoltaic project has the capacity to generate 250 MW of electricity-- enough to power over 41,030 Nevada homes.5
  • Several large retailers in Nevada have gone solar including Apple, General Growth Properties and IKEA. Apple has installed one of the largest such installations with 22 MW of solar capacity at their location in Churchill.6
  • At 110 MW, Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project in Tonopah is among the largest solar installations in Nevada. Completed in 2014, this photovoltaic project has enough electric capacity to power more than 18,053 homes.7  

Check out our Major Solar Projects List for more notable installations.

Solar Companies in Nevada

Looking for a local installer? Use the SEIA EnergySage Marketplace to compare quotes and find companies in your area. You can also review the average costs for installing solar in Nevada, based on real price data from solar quotes.

Don't see your company listed? Complete our National Solar Database Survey!

Nevada State Solar Policy Resources

Nevada State Energy Office - Find a wide variety of information on state government energy programs, policy, projects, energy-saving strategies and energy-related statistics

Nevada Public Utilities Commission - Learn about the governing body that regulates the electricity rates and services of Nevada public utilities

Nevada Legislature - Track pending legislation affecting solar energy, locate and contact individual legislators, and stay up to date on current legislative issues in Nevada

DSIRE incentives database - Nevada - Search a public clearinghouse for specific solar energy incentives in Nevada and across the United States

U.S. Energy Information Administration - Nevada State Profile - Explore official energy statistics, including data on electricity supply and demand, from the U.S. government

Footnotes

1All data from SEIA/GTM Research U.S. Solar Market Insight unless otherwise noted: http://www.seia.org/research-resources/us-solar-market-insight

2Energy Information Administration, Electric Power Monthly: http://www.eia.gov/electricity/monthly/#generation

3The Solar Foundation, State Solar Jobs Census: http://www.thesolarfoundation.org/solar-jobs-census/states/

4SEIA, National Solar Database: http://www.seia.org/research-resources/national-solar-database

5SEIA, Major Solar Projects List: http://www.seia.org/research-resources/major-solar-projects-list

6Ibid

7SEIA, Solar Means Business: http://www.seia.org/campaign/solar-means-business-2016