First Solar gets DoI approval for 100-MW solar park in Nevada
Solar park in California equipped by First Solar. Author: Russ Ferriday. License: Creative Commons, Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic
The US Department of the Interior (DoI) has approved First Solar Inc's (NASDAQ:FSLR) 100-MW Aiya solar project located on tribal land in Clark County, Nevada.
The project was developed by First Solar in partnership with the Moapa Band of Paiute Indians. The DoI's Record of Decision approves the construction, operation and maintenance of the photovoltaic (PV) system and associated infrastructure.
Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced the go-ahead for the scheme on Thursday following a tour of First Solar's previously approved Moapa Southern Paiute solar project site. This 250-MW facility is currently under construction and nearing completion. First Solar is working with tribes on two other projects in the area, a 100-MW facility at the Snow Mountain Reservation and a 300-MW project at the Fort Mojave Reservation.
The Aiya project is the 60th renewable energy project approved for federally administered land since 2009. The approved projects total almost 15.5 GW. President Obama's Climate Action Plan targets 20 GW of renewable energy projects permitted on public lands by 2020.