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$1B solar project breaks ground in Primm

Reported by: Venise Toussaint
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Updated: 9/04 2:23 pm

PRIMM, Nev. -- Nevada is quickly becoming a renewable energy hub, and on Wednesday energy officials broke ground on a huge solar project south of town that will create hundreds of jobs.

The 250-mega watt Silver State South Project is coming to Primm, behind Buffalo Bill's Resort & Casino.

This $1 billion investment is expected to create 300 construction jobs and power 80,000 homes in California.

The land is owned by the Bureau of Land Management and sits right next to an existing solar project that powers 16,000 homes in southern Nevada.

All of the jobs are local and there are also local tax benefits. While the energy goes to California, much of the economic benefit is local in terms of capital investment, jobs, and tax benefits for Clark County.

The project is one of several underway in Nevada; other projects are ongoing in Boulder City, Tonapah, and on the Moapa Piaute Indian Reservation.

Silver State South is expected to be complete in 2016.

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