Tribal Renewable Energy Projects Part Of Obama Adminstration Strategy.
As part of President Obama’s commitment to build strong, sustainable tribal communities and the Climate Action Plan to cut carbon pollution and create clean energy jobs, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today joined leaders of the Moapa Band of Paiute Indians and First Solar to announce approval of the 100-megawatt Aiya Solar Project on tribal trust land in Clark County, Nevada.
Secretary Jewell’s visit to Nevada was the last of a three-state tour to highlight Obama Administration efforts to support renewable energy.
Located about 40 miles northeast of Las Vegas, the Aiya Solar Project is the third utility-scale photovoltaic facility approved for development on the Moapa Band of Paiute Indians Reservation. The project is the 60th renewable energy project approved for federally administered land since 2009 as part of a Department-wide effort to advance smart development of renewable energy on our nation’s public lands.
“As our nation’s renewable energy portfolio continues to grow, it is important that tribal communities have every opportunity to harness the energy of the sun and wind in a way that can power homes, businesses and economies,” said Secretary Jewell.
This is a great day for the Moapa Band of Paiute Indians and for Indian Country, and an important step in our efforts to foster tribal energy self-sufficiency and economic self-determination.
Secretary Jewell, who serves as Chair of the White House Council on Native American Affairs, announced the solar project approval following a tour of First Solar’s previously approved Moapa Southern Paiute Solar project site. The Aiya Solar Project is proposed by Aiya Solar Project LLC, a subsidiary of First Solar, Inc., and was developed by First Solar in partnership with the Moapa Band of Paiute Indians.
Tribal Renewable Energy Projects Add To US Portfolio.
The Record of Decision (ROD) for Aiya approves the construction, operation and maintenance of a low-impact photovoltaic plant and associated infrastructure on about 900 acres of tribal land on the Moapa Band of Paiute Indians Reservation.