Moapa Power seeks approval for solar project power lines

Power plant is on a White House fast pass list

Barry Cassell | Sep 09, 2012

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Moapa Solar LLC is seeking an approval from the Nevada Public Utilities Commission for a 7.5-mile, 230-kV overhead transmission line that will connect a solar plant of up to 200 MW it plans to build to the Harry Allen Substation.

The application, filed in late August, also covers a 1.5-mile, 500-kV overhead transmission line connecting the solar facility located on the Moapa River Indian Reservation to the Crystal Valley Substation and the Harry Allen Substation. The proposed solar facility, called the Moapa Solar Energy Center, would consist of 100 MW of photovoltaic and 100 MW of concentrated solar. The power lines would be on U.S. Bureau of Land Management land, while the power plant site is on the reservation.

Moapa Solar is a subsidiary of RES America Developments Inc., which is a subsidiary of Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc.

This is one of seven renewable energy projects in the West that the White House said Aug. 7 that it is expediting under its "We Can’t Wait" initiative. The target date for completing federal permit and review decisions on the project is December 2013.

The solar project is being developed in cooperation with the Moapa Band of Paiute Indians on a 2,000 acre site on the Moapa River Indian Reservation and on lands administered by BLM in Clark County, Nev., the White House said in its statement. "Once constructed, this proposed project would be one of the first large-scale solar projects on tribal lands in the U.S.," according to the White House.

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