MOAPA RIVER INDIAN RESERVATION, Nev. (AP) — U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell toured a vast solar energy array that’s about ready to go online on an Indian reservation in Nevada and signed an agreement with a tribal leader giving the go-ahead to another, smaller plant nearby.

The pact finalized Thursday allows a third solar array to be built by private firms on the Moapa Band of Paiute Indians reservation about 40 miles northeast of Las Vegas.

The tribe is the first in the nation with any solar projects.

Tribal Chairman Robert Tom calls them a key to economic security for about 350 tribe members.

Jewell was making her third stop promoting renewable energy projects since Friday, when she and Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz talked in Boston about harnessing wind energy offshore in the Atlantic Ocean.

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