After years of effort, it’s happened. On Friday, May 22, Interior Secretary David L. Bernhardt signed over 5,900 acres of federal public land in eastern La Paz County to the county. The land had been held by the Bureau of Land Management. A ceremony was held at the Yavapai County Courthouse in Prescott, which was one of Bernhardt’s stops on a trip through Arizona to visit national parks and facilities.
Joining Bernhardt were La Paz County Supervisors Holly Irwin, D.L. Wilson and Duce Minor, U.S. Arizona Dist. 4 Rep. Paul Gosar, and Arizona State BLM Director Ray Suazo.
In March, La Paz County signed an agreement with 174 Power Global, a South Korean company, to build a solar energy facility on 4,000 acres. At 850 megawatts, it will be the largest solar project in the nation. It’s estimated 800 to 1,000 construction jobs will be created, with the facility producing enough power for 300,000 homes.