Zoners to review plans for solar plant

KINGMAN - Mohave County has attracted yet another solar plant.

Arizona Acreage wants to build a photovoltaic solar plant on 565 acres of property in the Mardian Ranch master-planned community. The property is located approximately three-fourths of a mile west of Pierce Ferry Road and four miles north of 23rd Street.

The company is requesting a minor amendment to the county General Plan, a minor amendment to the Mardian Ranch area plan and a rezone of the property. According to information provided to the county Planning & Zoning Commission, the 90-megawatt project would create 250 construction jobs and take three years to build.

The project would be much smaller than the 340-megawatt Hualapai Valley Solar project proposed for the Red Lake area north of Kingman. The Mardian Ranch project would also use photovoltaic cells instead of the concentrated solar mirrors that Hualapai Valley plans to use. The photovoltaic cells do not require the same amount of water as the mirrors.

The commission will also consider a request from a Valle Vista couple to build a winery and reception center on 15 acres of land near Valle Vista, west of Painted Rock Drive and north of Brooks Boulevard.

The project would include a vineyard, winemaking center, wine tasting room, sales room and reception area for weddings and other parties.

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