First Solar begins selling power from 250-MW Nevada solar project under 25-year PPA to LADWP

Written By: Stratton Report
March 17, 2017

First Solar

On March 17, First Solar, Inc. announced the commissioning of the 250-MW Moapa Southern Paiute Solar Project.

Per the company, the solar project, built on tribal land near Las Vegas, has a 25-year PPA with LADWP.

United States Senator Dean Heller noted: “I’m proud to see the day has finally arrived to commission the Moapa Southern Paiute Solar Project. The tribe is truly embarking on a new journey while serving as a trendsetter with this venture. This project is the first and largest utility-scale solar plant on tribal lands. Nevada is no stranger to successful solar projects, and this is another great example of that. Again, congratulations to the tribe on its impending success.”

According to First Solar, the solar energy project provide lease revenues to the Moapa Band of Paiutes over the lifetime of the project.

Darren Daboda, Chairman of the Moapa Band of Paiutes Tribal Council observed:

As a first-of-its-kind project, the Moapa Southern Paiute Solar Project signifies our role as a leader in Indian Country, creating a template for other tribes to follow. 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 perfect areas in which to build utility-scale projects. 

Georges Antoun, Chief Commercial Officer for First Solar remarked: “We look forward to doing more projects like this in Nevada. Our PV technology is setting the standard for affordable, clean renewable energy. By continuously innovating, we are driving down the cost of solar electricity and providing a solution that addresses energy security and water scarcity. We are delivering on our commitment to build a more sustainable energy future.”

Reiko A. Kerr, Senior Assistant General Manager, LADWP Power System commented: “We are very excited to begin receiving this clean renewable energy from the Moapa Southern Paiute Solar Project, which will significantly help the City of Los Angeles to achieve 33 percent of all energy from renewable resources by 2020 and 50 percent by 2025.”