First Solar works on power line for 100-MW Nevada solar project

Snow Mountain Solar LLC filed a Nov. 25 notice with the Nevada Public Utilities Commission about its recent application with a federal agency for a 138-kV or 230-kV transmission line to support its 100-MW solar photovoltaic project in Clark County.

The power line would cover a mix of private, county and federal lands, with the federal lands administered by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. Within 30 days after the involved federal agencies, including the Bureau of Indian Affairs, issue a final environmental impact statement on the power line, Snow Mountain Solar plans to file a formal application with the state commission. The solar project will be located on the Las Vegas Paiute Tribe’s Snow Mountain Reservation, with the 0.75-mile power line connecting to the Northwest Substation.

A company contact is: Dave Sterner, phone 415-935-2552,

BLM said in a notice published in the Nov. 19 Federal Register that it will begin the scoping process to solicit public comments and identify potential issues related to the planned EIS. The U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs is being asked to approve a ground lease and associated agreements entered into by the Las Vegas Paiute Tribe with this subsidiary of First Solar to provide for construction and operation of an up-to 100 MW (ac) facility located entirely on the Las Vegas Paiute Snow Mountain Reservation and specifically on lands held in trust by the United States for the Tribe. The proposed solar energy facility, transmission line, and other associated facilities will make up the proposed Snow Mountain Solar Project.

The project is expected to be built in one phase of up to 100 MW. During construction, the PV panels will be placed on top of fixed-tilt and/or single-axis tracking mounting systems that are set on steel posts embedded in the ground. Other foundation design techniques may be used depending on the site topography and conditions.

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