LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Department of Energy is loaning $45.6 million in federal stimulus dollars to a solar plant proposed near Las Vegas. Energy Secretary Steven Chu, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada and Democratic Congresswoman Shelley Berkley of Las Vegas were scheduled to announce the loan Thursday. The money would go toward the construction of a photovoltaic solar generating plant 25 miles outside of Las Vegas. Fotowatio Renewable Ventures of Spain estimates the project will create 250 jobs during construction. The company also owns a sprawling photovoltaic plant at Nellis Air Force base in Las Vegas. Chu and Reid say the proposed plant is the latest sign that Nevada is becoming a global leader on clean energy. Reid’s staff says the project will be the second largest photovoltaic plant in Nevada.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.


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