USA: Obama Administration plans 23,700 megawatts from Solar Energy on Public Land

The US Department of the Interior (DOI), in partnership with the US Department of Energy, has published the Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) for solar energy development in six southwestern states—Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah. Sven Richter / The Solar PEIS will serve as a roadmap for solar energy development by establishing solar energy zones with access to existing or planned transmission, the fewest resource conflicts and incentives for development within those zones. The blueprint‟s comprehensive analysis will make for faster, better permitting of large-scale solar projects on public lands. The Solar PEIS planning effort has focused on identifying locations on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands that are most suitable for solar energy development. These areas are characterized by excellent solar resources, good energy transmission potential, and relatively low conflict with biological, cultural and historic resources. The Final PEIS identifies 17 Solar Energy Zones (SEZs), totaling about 285,000 acres of public lands, as priority areas for utilityscale solar development, with the potential for additional zones through ongoing and future regional planning processes ...Zum vollständigen Artikel

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