31 Mar '12, 4pm

#Environmental Impact: Avoiding Long-term Cost and Conflict with large scale systems #EI #in

#Environmental Impact: Avoiding Long-term Cost and Conflict with large scale systems #EI #in

The federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has received right-of-way requests encompassing more than 300,000 acres for the development of approximately 34 large-scale solar thermal power plants totaling approximately 24,000 megawatts. With land for development growing scarce, it’s more essential than ever that solar companies and their investors understand the laws, regulations and environmental impact before work gets underway. In fact, to safeguard against costly legal entanglements, developers of medium- and large-sized solar power projects should hire an environmental consultant and environmental attorney to guide them through both the technical and legal issues related to siting solar projects. Two key laws that have led to delays, the halting of, or major changes to projects are the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The S...

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