Another solar plan unveiled

1.5-megawatt plant may be constructed east of Kingman

KINGMAN - Mohave County continues to be popular with the solar power crowd.

Wednesday's County Planning & Zoning agenda lists another solar project for consideration, a 1.5-megawatt, photovoltaic plant that will be located north of Interstate 40 and east of Hackberry Road, about 20 miles northeast of Kingman.

Donald and Margaret Garrett are the names listed with the project on the P&Z agenda. No company name is listed with the proposal.

The facility is looking to hook into existing transmission lines from UniSource Energy. UniSource has no objection to the proposed project, but warns that the company will have to upgrade the transmission lines in order to carry the increased load in power.

This will be the sixth solar project proposed for Mohave County. The Hualapai Tribe has the first working solar plant in the county. Leonard Mardian has plans to install a photovoltaic solar plant for his master planned community, the Ranch at White Hills. A smaller, one-megawatt photovoltaic facility is planned for the Yucca area.

The Spanish company Albiasa has proposed a 200-megawatt concentrated solar plant on U.S. 93 near the master planned community of Silverado. Another 340-megawatt concentrated solar plant by Hualapai Valley Solar is slated for the Red Lake area.

Photovoltaic solar plants use panels to convert sunlight directly into electricity. Concentrated solar plants use curved mirrors, which focus the sun on a tube of liquid or oil that runs in the middle of the mirrors. The hot oil or liquid is transported to a central facility where it is used to heat water and generate steam to turn a turbine.

The new Hackberry Road facility will only be a few miles from the proposed 200-megawatt Albiasa plant, which is located on U.S. 93 across from the proposed Silverado master planned community. Albiasa is asking the Commission to remove the 340 square miles for the solar project from the proposed Highway 93 Area Plan and expand the Silverado Area Plan to cover the zoning for the project.

Members of the joint Highway 93 Area Plan Committee are expected to protest the removal of the property from the area plan.

The Hualapai Valley Solar project is also on the Commission's agenda. The project is located about 25 miles north of Kingman between Antares Road and Stockton Hill Road.

The company is asking for approval of a citizen participation plan for a proposed area plan for the facility.

Also on the agenda for Wednesday is a proposed ATV and off-road vehicle park near Dolan Springs. The Taylor Mountain Board of Directors would like to change 120 acres of property from rural development, rural residential use to rural development, commercial recreational use.

The board has plans to use existing primitive roads in the area for an ATV and off-road vehicle park six miles north of Pierce Ferry Road, between Bullhead and Cedar roads. The park would also include a mining tourism center with a stamp mill and other objects. The facility could also include camping facilities in the future.

In the Santa Claus area, the Commission will consider a request for a parking and storage lot for a material recovery center. The company will accept compacted trash and separate out items that are recyclable to reduce the amount of waste going into landfills.

The facility will be located on the west side of U.S. 93, one mile north of Mineral Park Road.

The Commission will also consider a request for an adult living facility at the corner of Willow Road and Sierra Vista Avenue in Kingman. The facility will be limited to 10 adults.

The Commission will also discuss lot splits, renewable energy zoning classifications and possible fees for renewable energy.

The Commission meets at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the County Administration Building, 700 W. Beale St.