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Biden administration to expand solar power on US land

  • 4 months ago (2021-12-22)
  • David Flin
North America 910 Solar 166

US Government officials have approved two large-scale solar power projects in California and have moved to make public land in other Western states available to potential solar power development.

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The Interior Department approved the Arica and Victory Pass solar projects on federal land in Riverside County east of Los Angeles. These will have a combined capacity of 465 MW. Approval of a third plant, of 500 MW, is expected before the end of 2021.

The Interior Department has also issued a call to nominate land for development within solar energy zones in Colorado, Nevada, and New Mexico.

The Bureau of Land Management oversees almost a quarter billion acres of land, primarily in Western states. Tracy-Stone Manning, director of the Agency, said that boosting renewable energy is now one of its top priorities. She said that there are forty large-scale solar proposals under consideration in the Western states.