Moapa Band of Paiutes Break Ground on Solar Power Plant

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown March 31st, 2014 Last Updated on: March 31st, 2014

Last year members from the Moapa Band of Paiutes led a 16-mile walk to highlight plans to close a coal-fired power plant and build a solar energy plant in Southern Nevada.

This year they're starting construction on a 250MW solar power plant. As reported by Lucy Woods with PV Tech, The Moapa Southern Paiute Solar project is to be built by Moapa Southern Paiute Solar, a subsidiary of First Solar Electric. The plant is scheduled for completion in 2015, powering 93,000 homes and creating 400 construction jobs.

Aletha Tom, chairwoman of the Moapa Paiute Tribal Council said: “If our small Tribe can accomplish this, then others can also. There are endless opportunities in renewable energy, and Tribes across the nation have the available land on which to build them.

“This is an important step in becoming a leader in Indian Country and will help to create a model for other Tribes to follow,” said Tom.

Read more on the story from PV Tech.



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Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.

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Sally Woofter

It makes me happy to see the Native American tribes take the answer to our nations power, and show the world how easy it is to use the power of the (father) sun to light (mother)earth, without destroying her air and her spirits to do so !!!


Hooray for William Anderson! He paved the path that led to this project being accomplished! So glad for the Paiute Nation and proud they seek other sources for energy! It is so wonderful that they have produced such visionary leaders as Mr Anderson!

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