Moapa River Indian Reservation

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Moapa River Indian Reservation is an Indian reservation located northeast of Las Vegas, near Moapa. It is the land-base for the Moapa Band of Paiute Indians, a local band of Southern Paiute Indians. Moapa River Indian Reservation consists of 71,954 acres (29,119 hectares). As of the census of 2010, the population was 238, up from 206 in 2000.[1]

Location and geography[edit]

Rocks in the southern part of the reservation, immediately west of Valley of Fire State Park

The reservation is crossed from northeast to southwest by the I-15 highway. In the southeast, it is adjacent to Valley of Fire State Park. In particular, Exit 75 of the highway and the local road leading to the west park entrance (formerly Nevada 169, decommissioned in 2001), down to the entrance, belong to the reservation.[2]

Energy[edit]

The reservation includes a 250 MW solar power generation facility known as Moapa Southern Paiute Solar Project which generates enough energy to power 111,000 homes, displacing around 341,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually.[3] Another solar farm Eagle Shadow Mountain Solar Farm is being constructed in the reservation is a planned 300 MW solar project.[4]

In 2019, Paiutes agreed with Berkshire Hathaway's NV Energy about two solar and battery projects:

8minutenergy Renewables develops the 300 MW(ac) Southern Bighorn Solar & Storage Center with 540 MWh (4 hours of 135 MW) storage.[5]

EDF Renouvelables constructs the 200 MW(ac) Arrow Canyon Solar Project with 375 MWh (5 hours of 75 MW) storage, operational by 2023.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ United States Census Bureau, 2010 Census CPH-T-6. American Indian and Alaska Native Tribes in the United States and Puerto Rico: 2010.
  2. ^ "Nevada 169". AARoads. Retrieved 19 March 2012.
  3. ^ "First Solar". Moapa Southern Paiute Solar Project. Retrieved 2 August 2017.
  4. ^ Lillian, Betsy (2018-06-01). "NV Energy Proposes Giant Solar Investment In Nevada". Solar Industry. Retrieved 2019-01-31.
  5. ^ Pickerel, Kelly (25 June 2019). "NV Energy announces 1.2 GW of new solar and 590 MW of energy storage coming to Nevada". Solar Power World.
  6. ^ Misbrener, Kelsey (25 June 2019). "EDF Renewables signs PPA for 200-MW solar project on tribal lands in Nevada". Solar Power World.

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Coordinates: 36°34′41″N 114°43′04″W / 36.5780°N 114.7179°W / 36.5780; -114.7179