Kiewit contracted as EPC leader for Gemini project combining 2 GW Solar, Storage in Mojave

March 4, 2022
Primergy says the energy generated will avoid 1.5 million tons of carbon dioxide annually and provide clean energy for up to 260,000 homes. Gemini will feature some 1.8 million solar modules.

Primergy Solar, developer of the massive Gemini solar and storage project near Las Vegas, has selected Kiewit to lead engineering, procurement and construction efforts.

The $1.2 billion Gemini project will combine 690 MW of solar photovoltaic and 1,416-MWh in battery energy storage capacity, according to reports. IHI Terrasun Solutions was hired by Primergy to handle integration of the solar and BESS.

Kiewit’s Power Constructors Co. will oversee and contract the EPC phase of the Gemini work. Maxeon Solar Technology was selected to provide the bifacial solar modules.

Located in the Mojave Desert, the 7,100-acre Gemini site will be situated on federal land in Clark County and only 32 miles from Las Vegas. Primergy says the energy generated will avoid 1.5 million metric tons of carbon dioxide annually and provide clean energy for up to 260,000 homes.

"The Gemini Project is extraordinary in its scope and scale, and we are excited to join Primergy in significantly expanding the availability of clean energy," said Dave Flickinger, Executive Vice President of Kiewit Energy Group, Inc. "With more than 40 years of experience in developing renewable energy projects, we are well equipped to deliver an outstanding solar array and battery system while also supporting Primergy's commitment to safety, reliability, environmental stewardship and the surrounding community."

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Primergy is backed by private investment firm Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners in the Gemini project. Construction is expected to be completed by 2023 and employ about 2,000 jobs during the build-out phase.

Gemini will feature some 1.8 million solar modules. The power capacity will be deployed during peak times when Nevadas require more energy.

Primergy, only created two years ago, already is developing a portfolio of 1,300-MW solar and 3,330-MWh of battery storage, all under contract with utility NV Energy.

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