Environmental Services for the Moapa Southern Paiute Solar Facility

Cardno managed the biological and cultural consulting and engineering services during the construction and operation of a 250MW photovoltaic (PV) solar generating facility and associated infrastructure on tribal and federal lands.

The project is located on approximately 2,153 acres of land within the Moapa River Indian Reservation in Nevada and upon 10.5 acres of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land (for a right-of-way). The 2,000 acre solar facility is wholly within the reservation. The remaining 153 acres is comprised of a 5-mile, 500kV high voltage transmission line, an access road approximately 8-miles long, an approximately 1-mile water pipeline, and approximately three miles of 12 kV transmission line linking a travel plaza to the electric grid.

Cardno successfully worked with the tribe, federal, and state cooperating agencies (BLM, U.S. EPA, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers), federal solicitors for the BLM and the U.S. Bureau for Indian Affairs, tribal attorneys, and local and national environmental groups to complete the full range of tasks required for this complex project, including the preparation of an environmental impact statement.

Cardno provided pre-construction surveys, state and federal permitting, and biological and cultural monitoring and compliance for the construction of the solar facility, access roads, and perimeter fence construction.

Our team completed an extensive clearing and translocation of desert tortoises off the 2,000-acre site. Implementation of the Tortoise Translocation Program took two months to complete and required 40 biologists relocating and translocating 169 desert tortoises. The relocated desert tortoises were monitored via radio tracking for 5 years.