The Wait is Over: U.S. Government Approves First Solar Projects Built on Public Lands
In an historic move, Ken Salazar, U.S. Secretary of the Interior announced the approval of the United States' first large-scale solar projects to be built on public land today.
Tessera Solar plans to construct the Imperial Valley Solar Project [pdf], in Imperial County, California. The project will place 28,360 solar dishes across 6,360 acres. Tessera expects the power plant to produce 709 megawatts of energy -- enough to power between 212,700 and 531,750 homes.
Much smaller in scale, Chevron Energy Solutions will build the 45-megawatt Chevron Lucerne Valley Solar Project [pdf] in San Bernardino County, California. Over 40,000 solar panels will be installed across 422 acres. Chevron Energy Solutions expects this facility to power between 13,500 and 33,750 homes. Both projects will create almost 1,000 jobs.
At the announcement today, Secretary Salazar said, "These projects are milestones in our focused effort to rapidly and responsibly capture renewable energy resources on public lands. These projects advance the President's agenda for stimulating investment in cutting-edge technology, creating jobs for American workers, and promoting clean energy for American homes, businesses and industry."
Read the full story at the U.S. Department of the Interior: Salazar Green-Lights First-Ever Solar Energy Projects on Public Lands
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