Hybrid Solar Microgrid Saves Paiute Tribe $700,000 Annually

April 9, 2014 By Linda Hardesty

Paiute Energy ManageA 252 kW off-grid concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) solar hybrid system with energy storage has been activated on the tribal lands of the Moapa Band of Paiutes in Nevada.

A USDA Rural Utilities Service (RUS) grant funded the construction of the off-grid system that includes nine Soitec dual-axis CPV trackers, a battery backup system, and three Tier 4 energy efficient generators. The RUS grant also funded an energy efficient LED lighting upgrade at the nearby Travel Plaza.

The Tribe expects the solar system to reduce reliance on diesel-powered generators at the site and will save the Tribe an estimated $700,000 annually in fuel costs for the Moapa Travel Plaza, which is the largest employer of the Tribe.

Stronghold Engineering provided the design, engineering and construction of the CPV microgrid.

Photo credit: Sarah Adler, USDA

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