From the Las Vegas Sun: Clark County will begin negotiations with a Chinese company that wants to bring a massive solar energy farm and a factory to manufacture solar panels to Laughlin.
Voting unanimously, commissioners expressed strong support for the development that many say could be the start of diversifying a state economy that historically has relied almost exclusively on tourism.
“I want these negotiations to go as quickly as possible,” said Commissioner Steve Sisolak, whose district includes Laughlin. The county will begin getting appraisals for 5,400 acres slated for development and return relatively quickly with estimates.
The land targeted by ENN Mojave Energy Corp. is about 90 miles south of Las Vegas, near the southern point of the state in a place that would make it relatively easy to connect to power transmission lines in California, which ENN hopes to target.
When completed, the factory and an area for an industrial park would sit on 300 to 400 acres about 12 miles south of Laughlin, east of Needles Highway and west of the Colorado River. The factory would create about 2,000 skilled manufacturing jobs, according to county documents.
Once again, Harry Reid brings forth a green energy plant and how has that worked out recently? Well, it has amounted to nothing as nothing has been built. Hary Reid has a very poor track record when it comes to green energy projects.
So, this company, which seems more legitimate than most, want to buy 5,400 acres of land, land which is not zoned for this plant, but I am sure that can be fixed. They also need a federal waiver, which they don't have. And don't forget the lawsuits that sure will happen from the environmentalists. This seems like a big sloopy kiss and present for Shelly Berkely and her senate run who will be given credit for this plant being built, if it is built at all.
But who is going to work there? People from Las Vegas? Only if they want to travel 90 miles one way, every day to Laughlin. Laughlin residents? Well, they don't have much of a population and those who do live there, mostly work in the casinos. So, most of the labor is going to come from Arizona and California, not Nevada and certainly not Las Vegas. Thanks Harry and Clark County commissioners for throwing Las Vegas under the bus again.
Hopefully, Clark County will watch this company very closely and not be sucked into giving away money or land like other cities have done- like Boulder City, Henderson and Pahrump, NV and Wisconsin Rapids, WI.