Moapa Band wins federal approval for another solar energy plant

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, center, with members of the Moapa Band of Paiute Indians in Nevada. Photo from SecretaryJewell

The Moapa Band of Paiute Indians in Nevada continues to lead in solar energy.

The tribe just won approval for the Aiya Solar Project, the third of its kind on the reservation. The 100-megawatt facility, to be located on 900 acres, will generate enough electricity to power about 25,000 homes and will create 300 construction jobs

"Beyond these immediate benefits, these solar projects will provide long-term economic benefits that will allow the tribe to diversify, to grow and to achieve its goals while remaining true to our culture and heritage," Chairman Robert Tom said in a press release from the Interior Department. "The Aiya project is a key step in achieving our goals."

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell visited the reservation on Thursday to tour the previously-approved Moapa Southern Paiute Solar Project, a 250-megawatt facility that is near completion. A 200-megawatt plant, known as the Moapa Solar Energy Center, is also being developed.

Read More on the Story:
US Interior chief tours solar plant on tribal land in Nevada (AP 9/15)
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, Paiutes sign deal for another big solar array project (The Las Vegas Review-Journal 9/15)
Solar plant approved on tribal land north of Las Vegas (The Las Vegas Sun 9/15)

Federal Register Notice:
Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Aiya Solar Project, Clark County, Nevada (March 10, 2016)

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