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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