25 Jul '12, 4pm

First Ever National Solar Energy Plan for Public Lands Unveiled by Obama Administration

First Ever National Solar Energy Plan for Public Lands Unveiled by Obama Administration

The Departments of Interior and Energy have unveiled the US's first comprehensive plan for the regulation and development of solar power on public lands in six states in the West and Southwest. Under the plan, 17 Solar Energy Zones are established, occupying 285,000 acres of Bureau of Land Management lands in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah, suitable for the development in total of 32 GW of solar power. Outside of these areas, development of "well-sited" projects on an additional 19 million acres is allowed. Areas off-limits to solar power development, to protect natural or cultural resources in the words of the Energy Department, far out number this however. 78 million acres of BLM are protected from development. BLM /Public Domain The plan has drawn praise from environmental groups, including some that have been critical of haphazard developme...

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