Clean energy advocates cheered the news that Nevada will soon be home to the largest solar development in the country, and the second largest in the world, after Switch announced a partnership with Capital Dynamics to build 1 gigawatt of solar in Nevada.
Clean Energy Advocates Applaud Switch Announcement of Giant Solar Development in Nevada
Switch, which has committed to power its data centers in Nevada with 100 percent renewable energy, said the solar project will produce enough power for 1 million homes and create 1,250 temporary construction jobs.
Switch is only the latest big business in Nevada to announce it would make a large clean energy investment. With solar power cheaper than ever before, Nevada businesses are voting for clean energy with their wallets. Corporations point to cost savings, rather than environmental concerns, as their reasoning for going solar.
“Switch’s announcement today is literally huge. The development of the largest solar project in the country right here in Nevada is just another in a long line of indicators Nevada’s economic growth is tied to the sun and other sources of clean energy,” said Andy Maggi, executive director of the Nevada Conservation League. “Nevada voters have long believed clean energy is our future and we’ve seen business after business make the decision to invest in Nevada because of our access to renewable energy.
“Switch’s decision to invest in this project puts them at the head of the pack when it comes to supporting the transition from fossil fuels to clean energy. We will continue to push for policies that speed up and lock in this transition, reduce reliance on fossil fuel, and ensure all Nevadans share in the benefits of homegrown clean energy in Nevada.”
Advocates also emphasized solar’s power to create jobs and broaden access to affordable clean energy.
“Switch’s new solar project will help make Nevada a national clean energy leader,” said Elspeth DiMarzio, Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign Representative in Nevada. “This is the type of infrastructure investment that will create new clean energy jobs here in Nevada, secure reliable and affordable energy, and improve public health. This industrial-scale project is approved in a solar-development zone and is a good step forward. As the solar industry grows, it’s also important we don’t lose sight of the value building solar projects on rooftops and parking garages to protect our fragile desert wildlife habitat.”
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