Public evaluation launched into practically 1GW of solar-plus-storage projects in California

Aug 10, 2021 08:20 PM ET
  • The United States Department of the Interior's (DOI) Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has introduced a public testimonial on a draft environmental analysis (EA) for 2 solar-plus-storage farms in California, which will certainly consist of 465MW of solar and also 400MW of power storage space.
Public evaluation launched into practically 1GW of solar-plus-storage projects in California
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Together, the Arica Solar as well as Victory Pass Solar projects are expected to cost around US$ 689 million and create around US$ 5.9 million in yearly operational economic advantages, according to the DOI.

In addition, the BLM also expects making a draft EA for a 3rd project-- the Oberon solar project-- available quickly. If accepted, the proposed 500MW PV solar project on 2,700 acres of public land might generate up to 500MW of renewable resource.

The Arica, Victory Pass as well as Oberon solar projects are proposed for locations identified as suitable for renewable resource growth as part of California's Desert Renewable resource Conservation Plan, which covers 10.8 million acres of public land.

The DOI as well as BLM will consider public remarks, submitted by 6 September, when finalising the EA. They will certainly engage with Tribal governments, neighborhood communities, state regulatory authorities, industry as well as various other federal firms as they review the projects.

"Clean power, including solar projects like these in California, will assist neighborhoods across the nation belong to the climate solution while creating good-paying union jobs," claimed Secretary Deb Haaland.

In May this year, the DOI announced that the BLM had provided approval for a 700MW ability solar-plus-storage project on Californian federal land.

A month formerly, the DOI had actually established a new Climate Task Force to increase the fostering of renewable resource generation throughout the nation as well as revoked several Trump management policies advertising fossil fuels on public land.

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