28 Oct '11, 4pm

Obama administration identifies "solar zones" open for development in six western states #solar #energy

28 Oct 2011: U.S. Identifies Solar Zones Open For Development in Western States The Obama administration has unveiled a plan detailing where utility-scale solar power projects can be Click to enlarge Department of Interior Solar energy zones in the U.S. developed in the western U.S., with 17 proposed solar energy zones in six western states given the highest priority for solar development. The blueprint of the plan, released by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), identifies about 445 square miles of desert in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah . “That’s where the sweet spots are, so that’s where development will be driven,” said U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar. The BLM identified another 31,250 square miles where large-scale solar power projects could be potentially be sited if environmental impacts are minimal. The plan would not apply to 13 ...

Full article: http://e360.yale.edu/digest/us_identifies_solar_zones_ope...

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