NV Energy has partnered with 8minutenergy Renewables to build 300MW Eagle Shadow Mountain Solar Farm in Clark County, Nevada.
The project will be build on the Moapa River Indian Reservation about 30 miles north of Las Vegas and is considered to be the largest solar installation to date built on tribal land.
The solar project is also the largest solar project ever built for NV Energy, as part of its latest tranche of renewable projects totaling more than a 1GW.
Eagle Shadow Mountain will be the second solar farm developed on the Moapa River Indian Reservation.
The solar farm will be built on non-agricultural land and NV Energy claims that it will use environmentally sensitive construction techniques.
The project is subject final approval by the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada. If approved, construction will begin in mid-2020 and will be operational by the end of 2021.
The solar farm will generate over 900 million kWh of clean energy, once operational. This amount of energy is enough o power 180,000 homes and is expected to reduce more than 600,000 metric tons of carbon emissions every year. Construction phase of the project is expected to create about 600 jobs in Clark County.
NV Energy CEO Paul Caudill said: “We are delighted to be working with 8minutenergy and other top-tier solar developers to bring over one gigawatt of low-cost clean solar power and energy storage to our customers in Nevada.
“This landmark group of projects will help diversify our state’s electricity generation portfolio at industry-leading costs. We calculate that the direct investment in Nevada’s economy, which includes the cost of construction, will be greater than $2bn.”