June 1 (Renewables Now) - US solar developer 8minutenergy Renewables LLC has been selected to develop a 300-MW solar project on tribal land in Nevada on behalf of NV Energy Inc.
The Eagle Shadow Mountain Solar Farm will be installed on non-agricultural land on the Moapa River Indian Reservation in Clark County, the two companies said in a joint statement on Thursday. They expect construction to begin in the middle of 2020 with the aim to bring the plant online by end-2021.
The photovoltaic (PV) project, touted as the largest one to date built on tribal land, will be the second solar park within the particular reservation. Once operational, the plant is seen to generate more than 900 million kWh of electricity per year, or enough to supply over 180,000 households. The output will also help offset more than 600,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions annually.
Development and construction of the project is anticipated to create well over 600 job positions. It is subject to approval by the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada.
The Eagle Shadow Mountain solar park will be NV Energy’s biggest PV installation. While its ultimate goal is to become 100% renewable, the company's short-term objective is to double its renewable energy delivery to customers by 2023, NV Energy’s CEO Paul Caudill said previously.