28 Oct '11, 11am

Interior Dept. Anoints Solar Energy Sites

The Interior Department is pressing on with its efforts to channel solar energy development into the areas with the best sunshine, the fewest potential environmental disturbances and the least political resistance. On Thursday, the department released a provisional plan with a map highlighting 285,000 acres judged to be best suited to such development in California, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Arizona and Colorado.. Department officials said in a telephone news conference that while solar developers would find their bureaucratic path smoother if they set their sights on these areas, they were welcome to propose others. The interior secretary, Ken Salazar, made clear, however, that an application outside the federal solar energy zones might take a considerably longer time to work its way through the approvals process. Of the 17 chosen areas , he said, “That’s where the sweet ...

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