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US approves 350 MW solar farm on Indian land

Historical tribal lands project may be the first of more than 250

The US solar project is set to be the first of over 250 that will be built on Indian tribal lands

The US has approved a 350 MW solar farm in Nevada, the first utility-scale project on American Indian tribal lands. The project will be built in three phases of about 100 MW to 150 megawatts by K Road Moapa Solar LLC, according to reports. When complete, the facility will power about 100,000 homes.

Construction is scheduled to begin this year on the reservation of the Moapa Band of Paiute Indians in Clark County, Nevada, about 30 miles northeast of Las Vegas, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said, Bloomberg reports.

There are more than 250 American Indian reservations suitable for renewable-energy projects that may provide similar economic benefits, Salazar said.

“We know there is great potential for tribes when it comes to renewable energy, to generate investment, new jobs and new sources of revenues,” he said. “We do not want Indian country to be left behind as we move forward with the new-energy frontier.”