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January 20, 2018

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Nevada added 1,900 clean-energy jobs in 2nd quarter


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SolarReserve’s 110-megawatt Crescent Dunes solar energy plant near Tonopah.

Nevada continues to remain a leader in clean-energy jobs, with nearly 2,000 added in the second quarter of 2015, according to a report from Environmental Entrepreneurs, a clean energy advocacy group. The state, which trailed only Texas for the number of clean-energy jobs added between April and June, accounted for more than 15 percent of the new 10,200 clean-energy jobs nationwide in the second quarter of this year.

The report said all of Nevada's 1,900 clean-energy jobs will stem from construction of three separate projects in the Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone, one of 19 federally designated areas to help solar firms develop projects on public land with minimal environmental impact. The three companies backing the projects — Invenergy, First Solar, and NV Energy — will lease the land northeast of Las Vegas from the Bureau of Land Management. The projects were approved in June.

“Beyond hundreds of new jobs for Nevadans, this announcement represents a major breakthrough for smart siting of large-scale solar on public lands,” the report said.

Of the 40 clean-energy projects announced between April and June, Texas is expected to receive 2,164 jobs, the largest number of any state, followed by Nevada with 1,900, California with 1,200, Utah with 800 and North Carolina with 700.