MTAB approves power transmission line

USA, Nevada, Moapa: The Moapa Town Advisory Board (MTAB) gave approval last week for a power transmission line to connect a new solar generating plant proposed on the Moapa Paiute Reservation to the regional electric grid at the Reid Gardner substation in Moapa.

The 300 MW Eagle Shadow Mountain Solar Project, being built by 8 Minute Solar Energy, is proposed to be built just west of the First Solar facility. It is planned to occupy 9.3 km2 (2,300 acres) of tribal land with arrays of photovoltaic panels, fulfilling a power purchase agreement with NV Energy. The plant is set to be fully constructed and in operation by the end of 2021.

Luke Shellington of 8 Minute Solar Energy, explained to the MTAB that he was seeking their approval on the final 2.4 km (1.5 mi) stretch of the transmission line that would connect the solar plant into the grid.

This would entail 13 transmission line structures supporting the line as it crosses out of tribal land into BLM land in Clark County and eventually into private land owned by NV Energy.

The Special Use Permit was being required because the zoning on the BLM land limited the structures’ height to 23 m (75 feet). The company was proposing to build the structures at up to 46 m (150 feet) in height for the line, Shellington said.

Shellington explained that the transmission line is proposed to be built immediately adjacent to already existing power lines in the BLM right of way.

Source: MV Progress