Officials Approve 350-MW Solar Plant North of Las Vegas

By Alex Girda, Associate Editor Clark County is set for a surge of green energy in the form of a 350-megawatt solar plant about 30 miles north of Las Vegas. The federal government recently approved a facility on a site belonging to the Moapa Band of Paiute Indians, the Las Vegas Sun reports. The proposed plant would [...]

Clark County is set for a surge of green energy in the form of a 350-megawatt solar plant about 30 miles north of Las Vegas. The federal government recently approved a facility on a site belonging to the Moapa Band of Paiute Indians, the Las Vegas Sun reports.

The proposed plant would generate enough power to serve up to 100,000 homes, according to the U.S. Department of the Interior. It would also advance the area’s economy by providing about 400 construction jobs and 20 permanent jobs. The plant would be installed on a 2,000-acre site that represents about 3 percent of the Moapa Band’s property, which is held in trust for the tribe by the federal government.

The opportunity for renewable energy would be of great benefit to the Indian community as it would replace the use of diesel-powered electric generators, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar noted in a recent statement. Tribal lands across  the country offer potential for renewable energy production that could strengthen local economies.

Solar energy has been a pivotal part of the Obama administration’s push for green energy. The government has advocated renewable energy projects on public land since 2009. According to the Las Vegas Sun, 17 solar plants, 6 wind farms and eight geothermal plants are currently under development. When completed, the facilities will power up to 2 million homes.

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