First Solar is committed to being a good neighbor through our community involvement and through the environmentally sensitive design of our solar projects. We will continue to engage the Tribe, as well as neighbors, community groups, environmental groups, and business organizations to ensure that the Moapa Southern Paiute Solar Project remains a valued and respected business in Clark County.
First Solar will seek to provide employment opportunities for qualified members of the Tribe and local residents. In addition, the Tribe will benefit from revenue from lease payments, consulting fees and the purchase of local materials resulting in millions of dollars to the Tribe. Additionally, under the Environmental Impact Statement and Biological Opinion rendered in connection with United States Fish & Wildlife Service, First Solar has provided the Tribe, together with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, with more than $1.6 million in mitigation fees for desert tortoise protection.
First Solar has provided community and educational benefits to the Tribe including annual support for the Language and History Symposium, Pow-Wow event sponsorship, holiday donations and has conducted job fairs to promote Tribal hiring.
First Solar projects have a low resource impact. When in operation, our systems generate electricity with no water use, no air emissions, and no waste production, and have the smallest carbon footprint of any PV technology. Mounted to metal racks, the PV panels should be no higher than thirteen feet above ground.