EDF Renewable Energy (EDF RE) has commissioned the Switch Station 1 and Switch Station 2 solar power plants with a combined capacity of 179MW in Apex, Nevada.

The power produced by the solar plants will be delivered to global technology company Switch’s data centers in Nevada under power purchase agreements with subsidiaries of NV Energy.

Located in Clark County, the two plants at full capacity can generate enough electricity that can meet the consumption of around 46,000 Nevada homes.

They will also offset about 265,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) that would have been emitted annually which is equivalent of taking almost 52,000 cars off the road.

Switch strategy executive vice president Adam Kramer said: “Technology is revolutionizing the way renewable, clean energy is produced, delivered and consumed and we are proud to be leaders in driving that change.

“Switch Station 1 and Switch Station 2 reflect our company’s bedrock value of ensuring the data that runs our planet does not ruin our planet by building new, local, renewable energy resources.”

EDF RE acquired the two Switch solar plants in July from First Solar. The acquisition by EDF RE was done to complement its current portfolio of renewable projects in the US, Canada and Mexico.

EDF Renewable Energy US Development vice president Cliff Graham said: “The project represents another clear demonstration of EDF RE’s ambition in the solar business and also our first opportunity in Nevada, a state with world-class solar resources.

“EDF RE is positioned to invest $3 billion between now and 2020 in renewable projects across the country; we anticipate to deliver on our projection and bring more jobs, tax dollars and investment to Nevada.”

Construction of the solar plants, which was carried out by 1,3000 workers, took around 12 months to get completed.

Image: Commissioning program of the two solar plants in Nevada. Photo: courtesy of Business Wire.