Stronghold Engineering has completed a new 252 kW off-grid concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) solar hybrid system with energy storage at the Moapa Paiute Travel Plaza along Nevada's I-15 North.
The administrator of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Utilities Service (RUS), John Padalino, and leaders of the Moapa Band of Paiutes Tribal Council marked the completion of the microgrid project, which was funded through USDA's High Energy Cost Grant program.
The CPV hybrid system includes nine Soitec dual-axis CPV trackers, a battery backup system and three energy-efficient generators. The tribe expects the solar power array will reduce reliance on diesel-powered generators at the site. Stronghold Engineering provided engineering, procurement and construction services.
‘There are endless opportunities in renewable energy,’ says Aletha Tom, chairwoman of the Moapa Paiute Tribal Council. ‘This project will help to create a model for other tribes to follow.’
The Moapa Band of Paiutes is also hosting the 250 MW Moapa Southern Paiute Solar project under development by First Solar.