First Solar has kicked off construction at a 250MW(AC) PV array in Nevada on land owned by the Moapa River Indian Reservation, with full commercial operation slated for late 2015.
acquired the Moapa Southern Paiute project – the first utility-scale PV array
to be built on tribal land in the US – from the Barclays Capital-backed
developer K Road last autumn.
“will help create a model for other Tribes to follow”, says Moapa Paiute Tribal
Council chairwoman Aletha Tom.
“There are endless opportunities in renewable energy, and Tribes across
the nation have the available land on which to build them.”
has a 25-year power purchase agreement with the Los Angeles Department of Water
and Power (LADWP). It will generate an estimated 2.3% of LADWP’s electricity
needs – a significant contribution to its 33% renewables target for 2020.
to supplying and installing modules, First Solar will oversee the construction
of an onsite substation and a new 5.5-mile (8.8km) 500kV transmission line that
will connect it to a second, already-existing substation.
Southern Paiute project, along with another nearby solar array, will allow
LADWP to stop taking coal-fired electricity from the 2.25GW Navajo plant,
located on Navajo tribal land in Arizona.