Paiutes, RES Americas seek approval for 200-MW solar park
Aug 29, 2012 - The Indian tribe of Paiutes and renewable energy firm RES Americas have started working with federal agencies to clear a 200-MW solar project in Nevada, newspaper Moapa Valley Progress reported today.
The Moapa Band of Paiutes on August 21 met with federal regulatory agencies to initiate the process for an Environment Impact Statement, according to the paper. A draft is expected to be finalised by April 2013, with the final document to be ready by October 2013, Amy Huslein of the Bureau of Indian Affairs Western Regional Office told Moapa Valley Progress.
Under the proposal, RES America will lease 1,000 acres (405 hectares) of tribe land for 30 years where it will build and operate the solar power farm. The facility will include a combination of solar technologies, including photovoltaics (PV) and concentrating solar power (CSP).
The move comes after earlier this year federal agencies granted final approval for a 350-MW solar plant to be built by K Road on Paiutes reservation land.