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Nevada Regulators Look Again at Tribal Solar Plant

Nevada utility regulators are considering a revised plan for a solar power generating facility that had been proposed for the Moapa River Paiute Indian Reservation as part of an NV Energy effort to retire coal-fired plants.

Las Vegas, Nevada — Nevada utility regulators are considering a revised plan for a solar power generating facility that had been proposed for the Moapa River Paiute Indian Reservation as part of an NV Energy effort to retire coal-fired plants.

The Public Utilities Commission of Nevada rejected a plan for the project in October.

It instead instructed utility subsidiary Nevada Power to issue a request for competitive proposals for a facility to generate 54 megawatts of electricity.

The Moapa solar project was projected to generate up to 200 megawatts, and proponents say it'll be needed when NV Energy shuts down the nearby coal-fired Reid Gardner generating station by the end of 2017.

The state Bureau of Consumer Protection cited the cost of the project and says competitive proposals would make the process more transparent.

 
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