In his State of the Union address, President Obama called for an America “built to last,” and he emphasized investing in clean, renewable energy projects to lay a solid foundation for our future. Boulder City’s was built with a similar blueprint when the federal government spearheaded one of America’s greatest alternative energy feats, Hoover Dam. That legacy continues today as Boulder City expands its renewable energy infrastructure and explores clean energy technologies.
I share the view that building a clean energy economy can help create an America and a Nevada that’s built to last. I am pleased that Boulder City is taking the lead to achieve that goal in the Silver State with solar energy projects that will pay dividends for taxpayers beyond their important environmental benefits. These alternative energy projects provide cost effective opportunities to galvanize communities and create jobs for hard working Nevadans. By leasing parts of their land to solar energy technology developers, Boulder City is currently producing 120 megawatts of energy, enough to generate power for 40,000 homes.
What was once a community created to raise Hoover Dam has transformed into a city at the forefront of diverse solar power technologies. Boulder City is poised to produce power for up to 420,000 homes and the city stands to gain $480 million in lease payments through strategic collaboration with the private energy sector. That’s a substantial amount of revenue which can be reinvested in a variety of worthwhile local projects throughout Boulder City.
Boulder City serves as a case study for how to correctly explore new and emerging energy solutions. The solar energy industry employs 100,000 individuals in the U.S. through partnerships with cities like Boulder City. More collaboration like this could generate a substantial amount of job opportunities in the clean energy field for skilled, hard working Nevadans. Clean energy projects have the potential to create jobs and grow our economy and I look forward to cities and towns throughout Nevada following Boulder City’s lead.
Contact Harry Reid at http://reid.senate.gov/