Chuckwalla joins two other solar projects under development for the Moapa Band. Construction recently began on the Arrow Canyon Solar Project that will generate enough electricity to power up to 64,000 homes. It’s expected to be complete by December. The Southern Bighorn Solar Project gained final approval at the federal level last summer. This development is even larger, with the capacity to power up to 128,000 homes. “The time for a clean energy future is now — and tribal communities have a significant role to play in the administration’s ambitious goals,” Secretary Deb Haaland, who is the first Native person to lead the Department of the Interior, said in a news release on July 16, 2021. “These solar projects will support local tribal economies while adding to the nation’s clean energy supply.” “The department is committed to making bold investments that will address the climate crisis, create good-paying jobs, and advance environmental justice,” said Haaland, a citizen of the Pueblo of Laguna. The BIA is publishing notice of the draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) for the Chuckwalla Solar Projects in the Federal Register on Friday. Two virtual public meetings have been scheduled: at 1:30pm Mountain Time on Tuesday, March 15 and at 5:30pm on Wednesday, March 16. Once the Environmental Protection Agency published its own notice of availability of the DEIS in the Federal Register, a 45-day comment period will begin. More information about getting involved can be found on chuckwallasolarprojectseis.com.
In a partnership between Primoris Renewable Energy, our customer & the Moapa Band of Paiutes, a 380mw solar energy facility was designed & constructed on the Moapa Indian Reservation in NV. The project employed 150+ tribal members during peak construction: https://t.co/cK7aDOBtth pic.twitter.com/Afe1mA3DIC— Primoris Services Corporation (@PrimServices) December 29, 2021
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