Next Generation Pumped Storage

The proposed Next Generation Pumped Storage facility is a 1,540 megawatt energy storage facility about five miles from Hoover Dam in Arizona. The massive battery project would use cheap, abundant solar and wind power during the day to pump water from Lake Mead to a new upper reservoir at the top of nearby Fortification Hill, hold it there, then release it through hydroelectric turbines to generate renewable energy whenever it's needed most. 

The Next Generation storage facility will deliver clean, reliable renewable energy to light up the cities of Southern California, Phoenix and Las Vegas—day and night, rain or shine, year-in and year-out for 40 years or longer. 

The Perfect Spot for Grid-Scale Storage

The Next Generation facility is the nation’s most cost-effective energy storage proposal because it takes advantage of electricity infrastructure built around Hoover Dam, the existing water source at Lake Mead, and the awesome 2,500-foot elevation gain where Fortification Hill towers above the lake. The project includes a 12-mile, 500 kilovolt transmission line connecting the facility with the “Mead Substation,” a key power transmission hub operated by the Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) that serves California and the Southwest. 

These elements combine to make this the best spot in the nation to build a massive new energy storage facility. The Next Generation Pumped Storage project will serve as an anchor for the rapid expansion of solar power in the desert Southwest.

Minimal Environmental Impacts

Daybreak Power Inc. is developing the Next Generation project to blaze a pathway toward building a carbon-free future. We have a moral obligation to keep the environmental impacts to a minimum. The facility will sit outside of critical habitat areas of endangered species, does not tap into groundwater, and will recycle water from Lake Mead with virtually no water loss as the storage facility runs through its daily pumping/power generation cycle. We are committed to working with the National Park Service, public interest groups, the region’s Native American communities and the recreation industry to further refine the project to mitigate any impacts.

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