Interior plan expedites solar development in West

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) -- The Obama administration is streamlining the development of large-scale solar projects on public lands by approving 17 vast tracts across the West with the highest power-generating potential and the fewest environmental impacts.

The announcement made Tuesday by Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar comes as developers scramble to secure utility-scale solar sites. Salazar says having pre-approved sites will make it easier for developers to proceed.

Environmental groups say the plan strikes a balance between conservation and development. Solar advocates say they hope it will speed the permitting process.

The zones cover 285,000 acres, with five sites in Nevada, four in Colorado, three in Utah, two each in California and Arizona, and one in New Mexico. Originally 677,000 acres had been considered.


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  • by Luke Location: GJ on Jul 24, 2012 at 08:51 PM
    this will make some friends of the administration extremely wealthy, I wonder if they would be considered part of the 1%? probably not, they will have to give some of it back to obama.
  • by Neo-cons on Jul 24, 2012 at 08:33 PM
    So we need more wars? Where's my vote on that? You are all so predictable...all I can do is laugh anymore at you hypocrites.
  • by Look it up... on Jul 24, 2012 at 08:29 PM
    Anonymous: it's called google. Plug in a few key words and you'll find the EIS. You really didn't know that?!?
  • by voting taxpayer on Jul 24, 2012 at 05:40 PM
    This is just so extreme.I tried to make a comment earlier.But someone is really liberal.We need to put a boot on the neck of Obama,Salazar,and EPA.Why our we the PEOPLE paying for something we didn't even VOTE on.Another political time bomb by Obama.Think AMERICAN.Cut EPA,NEA,not military.Why our we going backwards????
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      by Hmmm on Jul 25, 2012 at 04:45 AM in reply to voting taxpayer
      We the people are paying for something we didn't vote on because we live in a representative democracy. It's 8th grade civics, check it out...
  • by Anonymous on Jul 24, 2012 at 01:34 PM
    Where are the environmental impact studies on the scaring of public lands?
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      by public school on Jul 25, 2012 at 04:41 AM in reply to
      Public lands are scared? Yikes
  • by SAM Location: Grand Junction on Jul 24, 2012 at 01:20 PM
    Obama is just determined to spend the taxpayers money on solar, whether or not the solar industry is a proven viable industry. So far, the solar industry has proven to be extremely financially unstable. How can the effectiveness of an industry be proven if it can not even stay in business no matter how many millions of dollars are pumped into it?
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