Two $175 Million Generating Plants Set for Indian Lands/solar-Powered

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Two $175 million, 70,000-kilowatt, sun-powered electric generating stations will be built on Indian tribal lands in Oklahoma by Cincinnati-based Alpha Solarco Inc., it was announced Thursday during a press conference in conjunction with the Red Earth '87 festival in Oklahoma City.

The announcement was made by Miroslav Uroshevich, president of Alpha Solarco; Tribal Council President Lawrence Goodfox Jr. of the Pawnee tribe, and Tribal Council Acting Chairman Dewey Daily Jr. of the Otoe-Missouria tribe.

The photovoltaic electric generating stations are expected to have a significant impact on both the tribal and state economies of Oklahoma for years to come, Uroshevich said.

"The long-term economic, or `ripple,' effect of these projects will be enormous," he said.

Using an investment multiplier figure of 3.0, tribal leaders said the project could generate more than $1 billion in related economic benefit.

Uroshevich said the projects should help to diversify tribal economies and move them into the industrial and technical mainstream of the U.S. economy.

The projects will be built in four phases, each consisting of 35,000 kilowatts of photovoltaic generating capacity and 35,000 kilowatts of gas-fired cogeneration. …