May 17, 2020
When I visited Las Vegas some years back, I remember wondering why the vast deserts of Nevada — where the sun shines 350 days a year — aren’t used for enormous solar farms.
Call me prescient.
This past week, the Department of the Interior (DOI) and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced the approval of a proposal to construct and operate a 690-MW photovoltaic solar electric generating facility in Nevada about 30 miles northeast of Las Vegas. The project, estimated to cost $1 billion, is expected to generate enough electricity to power 260,000 homes in the Las Vegas area and potential energy markets in Southern California.
The on-site construction workforce is anticipated to average 500 to 700 construction workers, with a peak of up to 900 workers at any given time, supporting up to an additional 1,100 jobs in the local community and injecting an estimated $712.5 million into the economy in wages and total output during construction.