Former Director of Business Development
MMA Renewable Ventures
As the former Director of Business Development for MMA Renewable Ventures, LLC, Patrick A. Weller developed the Performance & Financial Analysis for over $1 billion in federal, public and private business solar photovoltaic projects in active U.S. solar markets. Business development activities required the ﬁnancial, operational, and technological risk assessment of large distributed and utility-scale solar power purchase agreement projects.
Under the terms of a Power Purchase Agreement, MMA Renewable Ventures, LLC owned the panels and Nellis Air Force Base agreed to buy the power for 20 years at about 2.2 cents/kWh, instead of the 9 cents they were paying to Nevada Power, saving the Air Force $1 million each year.
The Nellis Solar Power Plant is located within Nellis Air Force Base in Clark County, Nevada, northeast of Las Vegas and estimated to produce in excess of 25 gigawatt-hours (90 TJ) of electricity annually. The system was inaugurated in a ceremony on December 17, 2007, with Nevada Governor Jim Gibbons activating full operation of the 14 megawatt (MW) array occupying 140 acres (57 ha) of land. The ground-mounted solar system employs an advanced sun tracking system, designed and deployed by SunPower.
The system contains approximately 70,000 solar panels, and the peak power generation capacity of the plant is approximately 13 MW AC. This means the ratio of average to peak output, or capacity factor, of this plant is around 22%. Construction began on April 23, 2007, and operation of the ﬁrst 5 MW began on October 12, 2007.