Abundant sunshine, favorable governmental conditions and locations near high-voltage electrical transmission lines make Boulder City, Nevada the perfect place for solar energy. In fact, the city council just approved the fifth solar power plant for the city, called the Black Hills site, in the El Dorado Valley Energy Zone.
Utility scale solar power plants such as those approved in Boulder City (23 miles east of Las Vegas) require ample land, government approvals and proximity to transmission lines. The solar power array to be sited on 1,500 acres of land will generate low-cost, clean solar electricity with photovoltaic (PV) panels.
The newest solar power plant slated for Boulder City will join the 75 megawatt (MW) Concentrating Solar Power plant of Nevada Solar One, thin film solar installations of Copper Mountain III and El Dorado, and a planned 300 MW Posco Power/Sustainable Energy Partners PV solar installation planned to be completed by 2014.
Is it any wonder that the region is called “Solar City”?
A development agreement between Boulder City and Delaware-based Sempra Generation, secures the solar development for 50 years. Its a win-win for both sides, with $200 million in payments flowing to the City from Sempra to help pay down existing municipal debt.