New Solar Project Signals Upswing For Tribal Land Permits

Law360, New York (June 21, 2012, 7:54 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of the Interior on Thursday approved the first utility-scale solar energy project to be built on tribal lands, a sign that the slow and cumbersome process for permitting energy projects in Indian country is poised to pick up speed.

The Interior Department approved construction and operation of K Road Moapa Solar LLC’s 350-megawatt solar plant, planned to go up on the Moapa Band of Paiute Indians’ tribal trust land in Clark County, Nev.

The decision signals that the Obama administration is ready to...
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