Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 | 8 p.m.
The Department of Interior approved construction plans for a 250-megawatt solar facility Wednesday, to be located outside of Primm.
The Silver State South solar project is expected to produce enough energy to serve 80,000 homes per year once fully operational.
"Clean energy continues to bring jobs and economic growth to Nevada," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said in a statement responding to the announcement.
The project is one of two solar facilities the Interior Department approved Wednesday in the Mojave Desert, on either side of the Nevada-California line.
Both projects are being run by Arizona-based company First Solar, which plans to sell the energy produced to Southern California Edison.