ENN cancels 720 MW solar project

ENN Solar Energy, a China-based company, has canceled its Mojave Green Center solar power generation project in Laughlin, Nevada. ENN was  forced to cancel the project after the company was unable to secure the power purchase agreements (PPAs) needed to move forward with the new solar complex.

The PPAs had to be secured by this month, according to the agreement approved by the County Commission in December 2011, and automatically terminated June 13.

The proposed project included plans for a 720 MW solar power farm, a silicon thin-film manufacturing plant, and a solar research and development facility on 9,000 acres in southern Clark County. ENN originally said the project would have created at least 500 jobs to the local economy by the end of 2016.

The agreement with Clark County, where Laughlin is located, was signed in December 2011 on the contingency that ENN could secure the power purchase agreements. 

Some in the community were shocked by the cancelation of the project because of the recent closure of the San Onofre nuclear power plant. The source said the county is looking at alternative ways to economically develop the 9,000 acres ENN purchased for the project. 

Learn more about the solar power market outlook in the United States in PennEnergy's research area.

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