already-disturbed lands. The power from the K Road Moapa Solar project will be sold to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, whose customers live nearly 300 miles away. K Road's lack of regard for proper siting should come as no surprise, since the company is also negotiating with utilities to revive the Calico Solar power project, which is opposed by environmental groups because it will destroy important desert habitat in the central Mojave Desert.
The project's proponent, New York-based K Road Power, assembled a team of utility-scale energy financiers and developers from Barclay Bank, Goldman Sachs, and Sithe Energies. K Road's Chairman founded the latter company - Sithe Energies - that is now constructing the 600 megawatt Mariveles Station coal power plant in the Philippines, a country that Sithe lauds for its regulatory framework (or lack thereof). K Road's Chairman probably also benefits from a new 850 megawatt natural gas plant in Canada, a hydropower dam along the Nile River in Africa, and plans to build a hydropower dam in the remote tropical forests of Guyana. Sithe pats itself on the back for choosing a remote site in the forest because it requires "no resettlement of people," according to its website. Such a high corporate standard.
On the same day that the Sierra Club visited this 2,000 acre swath of desert destined for the bulldozers, Sierra Club's My Generation Campaign celebrated a new rooftop solar installation in Bloomington, California. Earlier last year, the Sierra Club also released a study indicating that the Reid Gardner Coal plant could be shut down if Nevada utility NV Energy invested in energy efficiency upgrades, which would also save Nevada ratepayers $59 million dollars over the next 20 years, and not require destruction of intact ecosystem for a new power plant.
“The Paiutes are leading the way with the Moapa Solar project that will soon break ground and create good jobs for the families that live right here in the Reservation. Today’s march from the Reid Gardner coal plant to the future of site of the Moapa Solar Project represents for all of us a new coal to clean energy path for not only Nevada, but for the entire West to follow."We are indeed breaking ground, but destruction of intact habitat is not the right path to follow.