LA buying $1.6B power from NV tribal solar plant

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Updated: 11/21/2012 12:54 pm

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The largest solar power plant on tribal lands in the United States is expected to go online in southern Nevada's desert in 2016 under a new 25-year, $1.6 billion deal approved by the Los Angeles City Council.

The energy will be produced by nearly a million solar panels on the Moapa River Indian Reservation about 30 miles northeast of Las Vegas.

The 250-megawatt solar farm will generate enough electricity for 118,000 homes nearly 300 miles away in Los Angeles.

Moapa Band of Paiutes Chairman William Anderson told the Las Vegas Review-Journal after the council's vote on Tuesday that some 910,000 panels will be built on 2,000 acres of the 71,000-acre reservation.

It's expected to create 15 to 20 permanent jobs and up to 400 at the peak of construction.


Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal,


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Reno Deano - 11/22/2012 5:51 AM
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What an efficient use of land for power production, especially for a 250 megawatt solar plant and 20 permanent jobs. I wonder what the life of the plant's net energy value will be after considering the energy used in developing the solar panels, preparing the land, transportation of equipment, personnel, construction of plant, maintaining it, and it inevitable decommissioning. A new generation Nuclear power plant would use a quarter of the land surface, provide 4 times the megawatts, and be more reliable than solar. Also would employ more than 200 personnel for at the minimum of forty years.

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