U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar yesterday approved a 500-megawatt (MW), 6,320-acre solar power facility to be built in Nevada's Amargosa Desert, just east of Death Valley National Park. Dubbed the Amargosa Farm Road Solar Project, it is the eighth project approved by the Secretary since early October and is expected to stimulate Nevada's economy by creating both temporary and permanent clean energy jobs.
After months of debate over whether U.S. public land should be used to harness renewable energy, the Department of the Interior weighed in by approving two large-scale solar energy projects in California.
On June 10, the United States Bureau of Land Management (BLM) sent a letter concerning the fees the federal government will charge solar companies to develop projects on public land. Now, it seems, Uncle Sam is Under Fire.
A week ago, the Federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) reaffirmed its commitment to keep 31 renewable energy projects on a "fast track process" through the permitting, public participation and -- ultimately -- commissioning stages. The bureau will focus on the most promising projects, with the aim of allowing some (if not all) of them to receive incentive funding under the America Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The deadline for ARRA funding is December 2010.