Watch: The Moapa Paiutes are celebrating the switch to solar power and the beginning of the end of dirty coal power in southern Nevada.
The Moapa Paiutes are celebrating the switch to solar power and the beginning of the end of dirty coal power in southern Nevada.
They're building their own solar plant on tribal lands, which will allow them meet their own needs as well as generate income through the sale of electricity to Los Angeles. Most importantly, they can anticipate the closing of the dirty coal plant that has caused respiratory illnesses among their tribe.
Southern Nevada's Moapa Band of Paiutes are calling for the closure of the Reid Gardner coal plant and a transition to clean renewable energy future for Nevada. On Earth Day 2013, they organized a 16-mile "Walk from Coal to Clean Energy". The walk celebrated the tribe's efforts to retire the polluting Reid Gardner coal plant that adjoins their tribal lands, and also their success in developing the largest solar project on tribal lands in the nation, which will begin construction later this year. The walk began at the coal plant and ended at the solar site - a powerful symbol of change for Nevada and the nation.