The Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar, has authorized the first PV project to be built on tribal land in Clark County, Nevada, it has been announced. The project is part of the Obama administration’s plan to strengthen tribal communities in the US.
The 350MW plant, located approximately 30 miles north of Las Vegas, will be constructed on tribal trust land of the Moapa Band of Paiute Indians and is the first utility-scale project authorized on tribal lands. Since PV projects on public land were permitted in 2009, this has been the 31st project that the Secretary of the Interior has approved. The approval comprises the construction, operation as well as maintenance of the 350MW facility on 2,000ac of reservation land. K Road Moapa Solar will build the project in three 100-150MW phases.
“This is a great day for the Moapa Band of Paiute Indians and for Indian Country as a whole,” Donald “Del” Laverdure, Acting Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs, said. “As our nation’s energy portfolio continues to grow, it is important that tribal communities have the opportunity to harness the energy of the wind and sun in a way that can power our homes, businesses and economies. Today is an important step in that direction.”