While residents of Douglas County block a solar generation plant in their county, an application was approved by BLM for the Invenergy solar project in Luning by the Bureau of Land Management in early July.

The 50 megawatt of power plant called the “Luning Solar Energy Center” will be made up of a single-axis tracking solar panels with point of interconnection at NV Energy substation.

The project will be located on approximately 560 acres of approved BLM land. Per the Energy Policy Act of 2005, which set a 10-year target for the Secretary to approve at least 10,000 megawatts of non-hydropower renewable energy projects on public lands. The Luning Solar Energy Center will be under the Western Solar Plan to facilitate renewable energy development here in Nevada.

The Luning Solar Energy Center will be the second source of renewable energy in Mineral County. The first was Ormat Wild Rose geothermal plant which entered into a 20-year contract with Southern California Public Power Authority in 2013.