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Elko Daily: LA buying $1.6B power from tribal solar plant

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The largest solar power plant on tribal lands in the United States is expected to go online in southern Nevada’s desert in 2016 under a new 25-year, $1.6 billion deal approved by Los Angeles city council to buy solar power produced on the Moapa River Indian Reservation.

The 250-megawatt solar farm 30 miles northeast of Las Vegas will generate enough electricity for 118,000 homes more than 280 miles away in Los Angeles.

William Anderson, chairman of the Moapa Band of Paiutes, said some 910,000 photovoltaic panels will be built on 2,000 acres on the 71,680-acre reservation.

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