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Subject:  Welcome mat for big solar projects in the West Date:  10/13/2012  7:38 PM
Author:  lindytoes Number:  38376 of 82547

Thanks to all your posts here, I have learned that establishing these solar projects better not be all the government is doing. It looks like they are at least trying to improve the process by changing the way BLM let energy companies "dictate the terms before key management protocols were even established'.

Obama admin lays out welcome mat for big solar projects in the West
The Interior Department set aside about 285,000 acres for commercial-scale solar in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah. The federal government will offer incentives for development, help facilitate access to existing or planned electric infrastructure and ease the permitting process in the 17 zones. …

If fully utilized, Interior predicts the zones could produce 23,700 megawatts of solar energy, enough to power 7 million homes.
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