Published on 12/20/11
By Dan Kulin Public Information Officer Clark County
The Clark County Commission unanimously approved a critical land deal today, clearing the way for a massive solar power project that would bring more than 1,000 new jobs and $1 billion in new spending to Southern Nevada.
Under the terms of the agreement approved today, ENN Mojave Energy committed to creating more than 500 construction jobs, plus more than 500 permanent jobs, and investing more than $1 billion in the solar power generation and manufacturing, research and development facilities that would be built on 9,000 acres in southern Clark County. Company estimates say the project could create about 2,900 construction jobs, plus more than 2,200 permanent jobs.
“Today we cleared the way to bring $1 billion and thousands of new jobs to Clark County,” said Commission Vice-Chair Steve Sisolak, whose Commission District A includes the site for this project. “We also took a giant step forward in our efforts to diversify our local economy and be a leader in the solar energy industry.”
The commissioners voted unanimously to sell ENN the exclusive rights to purchase the 9,000 acres needed for the project. With the land secured, ENN is now able to try to acquire a power purchase agreement, or agreements, from various utilities. The power purchase agreement is the next crucial piece needed for the project to move forward.
ENN’s agreement with the County allows the company to purchase, in phases, about 9,000 acres near Laughlin so long as the company complies with a list of terms, including:
If ENN fails to meet the job creation, investment and other terms of the land deal, the undeveloped land would revert back to the County.
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