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LA buying $1.6B power from NV tribal solar plant

LA buying $1.6B power from NV tribal solar plant

CREATED Nov 22, 2012

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- The largest solar power plant on tribal lands in the United States is expected to go online in southern Nevada's desert in 2016 under a new 25-year, $1.6 billion deal approved by the Los Angeles City Council.

The energy will be produced by nearly a million solar panels on the Moapa River Indian Reservation about 30 miles northeast of Las Vegas.

The 250-megawatt solar farm will generate enough electricity for 118,000 homes nearly 300 miles away in Los Angeles.

Moapa Band of Paiutes Chairman William Anderson told the Las Vegas Review-Journal after the council's vote on Tuesday that some 910,000 panels will be built on 2,000 acres of the 71,000-acre reservation.

It's expected to create 15 to 20 permanent jobs and up to 400 at the peak of construction.

Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal,