SOLARA green light for a green project!  Approvals came during the March 21 Mohave County Board of Supervisors meeting for a significant photovoltaic solar energy facility to be located about three miles south of Valle Vista.

   No one spoke against the 70-megawatt facility that will sell its power under contract with UniSource Energy. Supervisors approved rezoning and a plan amendment required for development of the Grey Hawk Solar project.
   Houston-based Torch Clean Energy is the parent company for the venture that will align solar panels across about 800 acres on a 1,550 acre site located on the west side of Historic Route 66.
   “The project should provide energy for 14,000 homes in Mohave County,” said company President Travis Haggard. Haggard said only a handful of employees will be needed to run the plant, but that scores of people will be put to work during the construction phase.
   Haggard said the company will try to hire and procure locally to benefit the economy wherever practicable. A groundbreaking is expected in the fall.