24 Jul '12, 7pm

Interior Names Solar 'Hot Spots' Out West

Interior Names Solar 'Hot Spots' Out West

Bureau of Land Management Small blue circles indicate prime sites for solar energy installations; for the light blue patches, solar applications might be granted through a variance process. Yellow zones present limited solar alternatives, and pink areas are excluded from development. (Enlarge this image .) After more than two years of study and public comment, the Department of Interior on Tuesday identified 17 sites on 285,000 acres of public lands across six Southwestern states as prime spots for development of solar energy. Agency officials said the government would fast-track applications for large-scale solar energy installations at those sites in the hope of speeding construction of thousands of megawatts of renewable, non-polluting electricity generation. The agency identified an additional 19 million acres of public lands in California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Ariz...

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