20 Jul '11, 4pm

4 Major U.S. Projects Get Federal Approval

Abengoa Mojave Solar Project . The 250-MW project will be located on 1,765 acres of private land in California, with 17 miles of transmission lines crossing public lands. The developer, Mojave Solar, LLC, has agreed to acquire more than 100 acres of habitat suitable for desert tortoise, Mohave ground squirrel and burrowing owl. The project will be constructed on previously disturbed, fallow agricultural land, thus avoiding impacts to pristine desert lands. The project will avoid an estimated 350,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide each year, according to the Department of Energy. The company estimates a construction payroll of $272 million and would spend about $121 million locally on materials and equipment. Imperial Solar Energy Center . The 200-MW project will be located on 946 acres of private land, with a 19-acre right-of-way on BLM land in Imperial County in California...

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