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Chinese energy company seeks more county land for ‘eco-city’

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Justin Bowen

Laughlin and Bullhead City, Ariz., as seen in 2011.

Updated Monday, Sept. 19, 2011 | 5:16 p.m.

The Chinese energy company seeking to build a massive solar energy plant and solar-cell factory near Laughlin wants more land for the project.

ENN Mojave Energy Corp. wants all 9,000 acres of available Clark County land about 12 miles south of Laughlin, not 5,400 acres as first reported in June.

When ENN’s plans were announced, the company said the development would create 2,000 long-term manufacturing jobs paying on average $72,000 a year. The total construction cost for the solar-cell plant, industrial park and solar-energy farm was projected to be in the range of $4 billion to $6 billion.

Officials hoped construction would begin on the solar-cell plant late this year or in early 2012, with solar cells being produced by March 2013 and the first phase of the solar farm operating by March 2014.

The company’s representatives have told Commissioner Steve Sisolak, whose district includes Laughlin, the addition of 3,600 acres would be used to build an “eco-city” at the site. The goal is a self-sustaining city with renewable energy generation and manufacturing as the primary source of employment for its residents.

“They have something like it near Beijing,” Sisolak said.

Working with Duke Energy, the third-largest electric power holding company in the United States, ENN Group intends to a build a future-energy development in Langfang, about 30 miles southeast of Beijing. The two companies signed an agreement to develop eco-cities in January. Duke Energy has said it would like to use the cleaner technologies in the United States.

Sisolak also said ENN wants to purchase, not lease, all 9,000 acres of county land. That could be a sticking point with some county commissioners who have expressed reservations about selling the land.

Representatives for ENN Group could not be reached for comment.

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  1. This is another example of a Communist Chinese government corporation wanting to colonize American land. China is doing this kind of colonization all over the United States, to get back the money that the US owes to China for all of the cheap goods we Americans have bought on credit from the Chinese.

    Soon the US will be a Communist Chinese colony.

    And the Governor of Nevada wants this for Nevada.

  2. This another example of the Communist Chinese Government colonizing American land.

    After the secret Governors Conference in Salt Lake City, the State Governors have decided to sell industrial land to the Communist Chinese in the hope that this will create JOBS.

    What the governors don't understand or are aware of in spite of knowing the US Constitution, is that the Communist Chinese are colonizing America.

  3. This is just another piece of a puzzle that is developing in what future history books will depict how and why we lost our sovereignty. Nuff said.

  4. This should be a wake-up-call for consumers to look at the "Made in" label.

  5. What I find most interesting with this article is Vegas has the potential here already to do such a thing. Why do we need/want a foreign country to do on our land what we can do? Of course they will also create a rail system to connect their city to Vegas. If asked, I would think the company would communicate that is part of the long-term plan.

    Interestingly, the Chinese already are adapting community design to their workforce, limiting commute and providing increased security. I personally would not expect the project to bring too many American jobs, except perhaps at the immigration/visa department, and perhaps teachers.

    It is difficult to say, but I am sure if they pay enough, someone will sell them a city. It seems America is more acceptable of communists the last 18 years or so, but only if they have money.

  6. And cue the paranoid conservatives...oh wait...they have already started posting their fears. All humans need to pull together and face climate disruption by moving rapidly away from carbon intensive fuels so I welcome all peaceful contributors to solving this overriding problem. Fatsai, what political party in Congress has been busy trying to slash the DOE budget for providing loans and grants toward clean energy production? If you answered the Republicans in all their guises you are correct.

  7. I'm pretty conservative. I figured there would be some negative knee-jerk reactions but those same type of reactions were made when the japanese were buying up real estate left and right. So, what happened with that? The japanese took a bath is what happened. It's not a port of entry they want. They want to build a plant, let them. Help em out. They can't take it back to China can they? The japanese built all those auto plants in the US how'd that hurt us? The US invests and builds plants overseas and it is usually deemed a goodthing where they do it. Having them spend dollars here is a good thing.

    If they have a plant in the US they can sell solar panels all over where the US has free trade agreements without paying a tariff. Seeing how solar panels are getting more popular, it makes good sense.

    Just remember they can't take the land back to China, it's not going anywhere.

  8. So we're going to buy goods made in China at Wal-Mart with paychecks we get from Chinese corporations, right.

    Didn't we fight a war over this about 240 years ago?

  9. Everyone complains about jobs going to China so when China brings jobs here they complain about that? This sounds like a great venture if it does not require taxpayer money. There is plenty of desert land out there if Clark county wants to buy some to replace this parcel. If this was a German or English company would it make some sort of difference? The business world is getting global, origin of headquarters is not really valid anymore. A company with cash to spend should be welcomed.

  10. I would like to buy or lease some retail space at eco city please.

  11. @Peter Fritz and Robert Hess, I share your same thoughts. Everyone complains about Nevada not having jobs or being diverse. When some company (regardless of the nationality) wants to bring jobs, people complain. China is going to colonize the US by taking over 9,000 acres of waste-land desert near Laughlin? Wow, that is ignorant. The US has over 9,000 acres right next to China. It's called "South Korea".

  12. I see peter fritz is still grinding the ax about government being bad. Will he give back all the electronic devices he has which are a result of basic government research? How about the incredibly cheap clean water he depends on?

  13. I have no idea what this means, please explain. Sorry, dumb kid who never went to collage, took a job as floor sweeper and ended up CEO. Long climb up that ladder. where is the grind in my post?

    >>I see peter fritz is still grinding the ax about government being bad. Will he give back all the electronic devices he has which are a result of basic government research? How about the incredibly cheap clean water he depends on?<<

  14. Petey,
    taxpayer money is spent on everything from roads to water to food inspections to electricity with great results so your complaint regarding spending tax dollars on public private partnerships is specious.