Valley Electric Association Utility-Scale Solar Project
- Date: August 2016
- Location: , Pahrump NV
- Category: Electrical, mechanical and fire suppression
- Project Owner: Valley Electric Association
Bombard Renewable Energy, a division of Bombard Electric, LLC, constructed a 17-megawatt community solar power project near Pahrump, Nevada, to supply electricity to the members of Valley Electric Association, a nonprofit, member-owned electric cooperative. Bombard Renewable Energy is providing engineering, procurement and construction services for the 54,000 photovoltaic panels that are being constructed on the 80-acre site. Bombard also is constructing a 2,640-foot, 24.9-kV distribution line.
As part of the project, Bombard Renewable Energy and VEA are working closely with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect Mojave Desert tortoises at the project site. Unique design and construction elements are being used to reduce impact on the tortoises. VEA also is facilitating and funding research and monitoring studies in partnership with government agencies and regional researchers to evaluate solar panel configuration impacts on local vegetation, tortoises and birds.