A 1.1MW solar PV plant on the Augustine Reservation, the first PV project approved by the Bureau of Indian Affairs in southern California, has begun providing power to the Eastern Coachella Valley electrical grid. The plant includes about 15,000 First Solar modules and will produce 1,900MWh per year.
Epuron LLC, a subsidiary of Conergy AG of Germany, was the Tribe’s development partner on the project. EcoStream, Inc. supplied construction and design services, and KRT Consultants, LLC served as the Tribe’s project advisor.
“This is an important step in the implementation of the energy conservation and economic development strategy of the Augustine Band of Cahuilla Indians,” stated Mary Ann Green, Tribal Chairperson. “The PV system will allow the tribe to reduce its energy consumption from non-green sources by an estimated twenty-five percent. It is an important component of the Tribe’s effort to eliminate its reliance on foreign oil and reduce our overall energy footprint, consistent with our centuries-old commitment to living in harmony with nature.”