BLM advances prepare for 1 GW of solar on Arizona public lands

Dec 7, 2022 01:02 PM ET
  • The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has actually initiated a testimonial of 3 solar projects in Arizona as part of a wider prepare for solar (PV) capacity deployment on public lands in the Western US.
BLM advances prepare for 1 GW of solar on Arizona public lands
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The proposal was released on Monday and also concerns projects that might collectively add around 1 GW of power generation capacity to the grid.

Scoping conferences are because of be announced for environmental analysis of a solar project with a potential capacity of up to 600 MW. Jove, as it is called, envisages the installment of PV modules on 3,495 acres (1,414 hectares) of public land in southeastern La Paz County. Additionally, a two-year segregation will certainly make available over 4,400 acres of land for the 250-MW Pinyon Solar project in Maricopa County and the 300-MW Elisabeth Solar scheme in Yuma County.

"Our testimonial of these recommended projects in Arizona, and also a new analysis of the function public lands can play in furthering solar power manufacturing, will certainly assist guarantee we maintain the energy going to build a clean energy future, lower expenses for family members as well as create durable conservation results on the nation's lands as well as waters," stated Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland.

BLM noted it is presently processing 65 utility-scale proposals for wind, solar, geothermal and interconnection centers on public lands.

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