California has its Sunrise Powerlink transmission line, designed to bring cleaner power from various renewable energy projects in the Imperial Valley to San Diego residents. Nevada, too has its own such large scale transmission line project, called the One Nevada (ON) Transmission Line, which the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) this week decided to help fund it in the form of a $343 million loan guarantee.

The ON Line project, which broke ground back in October, consists of a new 500 kilovolt (kV) AC transmission line that will carry approximately 600 megawatts of electricity, including from renewable energy resources, in northern Nevada. It will run 235 miles from Ely, Nevada to just north of Las Vegas, and is described as the will run 235 miles from Ely, Nevada to just north of Las Vegas and is described by the DOE as the first phase of the Southwest Intertie Project (SWIP) which, when fully completed, will carry approximately 2,000 megawatts of electricity and enable wind and solar resources in Wyoming, Idaho and Nevada to power the southwest and California markets.

One Nevada Transmission Line
image via U.S. Department of the Interior

This particular power transmission line is the first of its kind funded in part by the DOE, which usually puts Recovery Act dollars towards large scale clean energy projects, particularly solar power. It is said the ON Line project will contract about 85 percent of its parts and labor from U.S. companies and will create approximately 400 construction jobs. How many green jobs will be available after the project is built out were not mentioned.

The ON Line is jointly owned by Great Basin Transmission South, LLC and NV Energy. It is projected it will be operational by the end of 2012.

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