Sunday, May 27, 2012

Official To Flip Switch On Solar Plant Near Vegas

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is due to flip the switch on a new solar electricity project on federal public land in the Las Vegas area near the Nevada-California state line.

The Monday ceremony at the Enbridge Silver State North Solar Project in the Ivanpah (EYE-van-pah) Valley is due to mark the start of a 50-megawatt solar project that officials say will generate enough electricity to power about 9,000 homes.

Canada-based Enbridge bought the project near Primm in March from builder First Solar Inc. of Tempe, Ariz.

Nevada utility company NV Energy Inc. has committed to buying the power from the photovoltaic project for the next 25 years.

Officials say the project is one of 16 authorized by the federal Interior Department for public lands since 2009.

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