Work recently began on the Luning Solar Energy Project in Mineral County. The projects main contractor, Phoenix Solar, expects to employ up to 200 people.

Work has begun on the Luning Solar Energy Project located outside of Luning, here in Mineral County.

The utility-scale project is the project of Invenergy, who is a developer and operator of many renewable energy plants throughout the United States.

The photovoltaic solar power plant is planned to generate up to 50 megawatts name-plate capacity. In addition to the solar installation, one mile of 120 kV power like will be constructed to interconnect the project to NV Energy’s existing substation on Table Mountain.

The power will then be delivered to Liberty California territory.

The project not only will benefit those in California but also in Mineral County. Phoenix Solar who is the main contractor of the project has hired between six to twelve people, according to Shelley Hartmann, Mineral County Economic Development Director.

Hartmann informed the Independent-News that Phoenix Solar and their subcontractors are “committed to the county to hire locally.”

The Luning Solar Energy Project is currently proposed to be located on 560 acres of BLM land just one mile from Luning on State Round 361.

“We are very pleased with the progress of Phoenix Solar who have hired their site preparation team. Soon their subcontractors will begin hiring of their crews. We anticipate approximately 200 people to be employed. It is not too late to bring in resumes or email them,” Hartmann said.

The expected life span of the project is 30 years as they supply power to California.