First Solar begins operation of 250 MW Moapa Southern Paiute solar PV project north of Las Vegas

U.S. Senators Dean Heller (R-NV) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) joined leaders of the Moapa Band of Paiutes for a commissioning ceremony of the 250 MW Moapa Southern Paiute solar PV project near Las Vegas. Photo: Business Wire
U.S. Senators Dean Heller (R-NV) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) joined leaders of the Moapa Band of Paiutes for a commissioning ceremony of the 250 MW Moapa Southern Paiute solar PV project near Las Vegas. Photo: Business Wire

On March 17th, 2017, First Solar, Inc. (Tempe, AZ, US) and the Moapa Band of Paiutes joined Sen. Dean Heller, Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, Nevada State Energy Office Director Angela Dykema, Clark County Commissioner Marilyn Kirkpatrick, executives from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) and other community and energy industry leaders to celebrate the commissioning of the Moapa Southern Paiute solar PV project.

The 250 MWac Moapa Southern Paiute solar photovoltaic (PV) project is capable of generating enough clean energy to power an estimated 111,000 homes.

Located on the Moapa River Indian reservation approximately 30 miles north of Las Vegas, this facility is the first-ever utility-scale solar PV plant on tribal land and has a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA) with LADWP to bring clean, renewable energy to Los Angeles residents.

“I’m proud to see the day has finally arrived to commission the Moapa Southern Paiute Solar Project,” said United States Senator Dean Heller.

“The tribe is truly embarking on a new journey while serving as a trendsetter with this venture. This project is the first and largest utility-scale solar plant on tribal lands. Nevada is no stranger to successful solar projects, and this is another great example of that.”

“There is no doubt renewable energy is the way of the future for energy sustainability, and Nevada has the unparalleled natural resources to be a national leader in investment and development of clean energy technology and job creation,” added Senator Catherine Cortez Masto.

For the Moapa Band of Paiutes, this solar energy project has proven to be an ideal economic development opportunity, providing lease revenues over the lifetime of the project and about 115 construction jobs for tribal members and other Native Americans, while also preserving their land and cultural heritage.

The Moapa Southern Paiute solar project, constructed and operated by First Solar, features more than 3.2 million advanced First Solar thin film photovoltaic (PV) panels. This equates to more than 25 million square feet of solar panels, or enough to cover more than 450 NFL football fields. The energy will serve LADWP under a 25-year PPA.

 

 

2017-03-20 | Courtesy:  First Solar, Inc. | solarserver.com © Heindl Server GmbH

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