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Obama, Reid tour Nellis solar facility

President also lauds success of Recovery Act’s first 100 days

Obama speaks at Nellis

President Barack Obama speaks at Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas on Wednesday, May 27, 2009. Launch slideshow »

Obama tours solar array

President Barack Obama, accompanied by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Col. Howard Belote, looks at solar panels at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada on Wednesday. Launch slideshow »

President Barack Obama toured the solar photovoltaic array at Nellis Air Force Base this morning for a look at how solar energy is being used in Nevada.

Col. Howard D. Belote, the commander of the 99th Air Base Wing, led Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on the tour. The event, which was closed to the public, followed Tuesday night's fundraiser for Reid at Caesars Palace.

The Nellis solar power system was finished in December 2007 and is the largest solar photovoltaic array in the country.

After the tour, Obama gave a speech highlighting the progress he said the country has made in the first 100 days of the Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

About 400 people attended the speech, including airmen, workers from the base and family members who live on the base. U.S. Reps. Dina Titus and Shelley Berkley also attended, along with several state elected officials.

More than $1.5 billion in Recovery Act funds has been announced for Nevada.

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