Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)
The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), as the lead agency and the Bureau of Land
Management (BLM), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the U.S. Army
Corps of Engineers (USACE) as cooperating agencies are responsible for compliance
with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). An Environmental Impact Statement
(EIS) is being prepared because a major federal action is under consideration. The
major federal action is the proposed approval of a solar energy ground lease for up to
2,000 acres and associated rights-of-ways (ROW) entered into by the Moapa Band of
Paiute Indians (Tribe) with K Road Moapa Solar LLC (K Road).
The proposed action which would require lease approval for the construction, operation
and maintenance of an up-to 350 MW solar photovoltaic electricity generating facility
located on tribal trust lands of the Moapa River Indian Reservation (Reservation) in
Clark County, Nevada. The proposed Federal action also includes the BLM approval of
a new transmission line ROW within the existing BLM utility corridor on the Reservation.
The transmission line will have a capacity of up to 500kV and include a service access
road. The proposed solar facility would be built in three phases of 100 MW to 150 MW
each to meet the needs of offtakers or utilities, up to a total of 350 MW. During the
construction of each phase, photovoltaic panels would be mounted on concrete posts,
concrete ballast, or other suitable foundation design techniques appropriate to the
topography and site conditions. Some or all of the panels may employ trackers to track
the sun during the day.
Additional proposed project components are an access road, a water pipeline from an
existing Reservation well, a 12kV transmission line to the existing Moapa Travel Plaza
after Phase 1 is complete, a temporary construction staging area, and an operations
and maintenance building with septic system. The entire leased area would be fenced
The purpose of the proposed action is to use the Tribe’s land and solar energy
resources to improve and diversify the economy of the Tribe and provide financial
benefits to its members in an environmentally compatible manner. The proposed project
would generate clean, renewable electricity that can be efficiently connected to existing
transmission lines to help utilities in the region meet their renewable energy goals.