The Lincoln County Power District sits about 150 miles north of Las Vegas and when Staff Engineer Kyle Donohue and General Manager Dave Luttrell noticed it wasn’t getting the same amount of electricity from the Hoover Dam as it used to, they began looking for solutions.
The lake behind the dam had dropped amid a historic drought, pushing up power costs for Lincoln County. At the same time, the community asked more about solar. At first blush, solar didn’t seem cheap enough to rival natural gas as an alternative to hydropower. Hiring an outside company to build the panels would be too costly.
But what if Donohue’s team built it in-house?