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Tri-Staters Talk Fort Mohave Solar Project

Credit: Fort Mohave Solar Project

By Julie Fairman for Mohave Valley Daily News

Tri-state residents interested in the proposed placement of a solar facility on Fort Mojave Tribal land near the Avi Resort & Casino are urged to attend one or both scoping meetings scheduled for next week.

If approved, the Fort Mojave Solar Project will use photovoltaic technology, have a capacity of 332 megawatts and will be located on tribal land in Mohave County.

The project will include electric substations and transmission lines that will cross tribal, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, as well as county and private lands in Clark County.

Details of the project were printed in the Federal Register in April.

The project would be built by Tribal Solar, a wholly owned subsidiary of First Solar.

The proposed solar energy facility would be about 2,800 acres on land that is currently used for agriculture. The plant would include PV panels, power inverters and transformers, a 34.5 kV collection system (either overheard or underground), a substation, an operations and maintenance building with parking, meteorology towers, security fencing and lighting, and other on-site facilities.

The project would connect with a 500 kV switchyard to be built near the current Mohave switchyard on MGS land via a new 18-mile 230 kV line from the plant. Construction of the project, if approved, is projected to take anywhere from 24 to 32 months. Tribal Solar is expected to operate the facility for a minimum of 25 years.

View the full project description on the project website.

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