Developer of Moapa tribe’s solar project to hold job fair Thursday

The company behind the nation’s first utility-scale solar power plant on tribal land will hold a job fair today to hire some of the workers needed to build and operate the facility 40 miles north of Las Vegas.

First Solar Inc. is looking to fill 400 construction jobs and eight operations and maintenance positions.

The job fair will be held in the Arizona Ballroom at the Gold Coast, 4000 W. Flamingo Road. The fair will be conducted in shifts at 9 a.m., noon and 5 p.m.

Labor and operator positions include fork lift operator, skid steer operator, heavy equipment operator, water truck driver, crew leads, general labor and construction services.

Project site positions include logistics-spotter, logistics-traffic controller, quality technicians, janitorial staff, safety technicians and a project administrator.

The Moapa Solar Energy Center will cover up to 1,000 acres of tribal land belonging to the Moapa Band of Paiutes and produce about 250 megawatts of solar energy for delivery to Southern California homes and businesses by way of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. The tribe is expected to reap economic gains in partnership with First Solar.

The project is headed by Moapa Southern Paiute Solar, a First Solar subsidiary, which will assemble the array using advanced photovoltaic thin-film solar modules.

Contact reporter Cassandra Taloma at ctaloma@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0391.

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