Two Major Renewable Energy Projects Approvedby Staff
Energy Digital, December 24, 2011
The Obama administration approves the Sonoran Solar Energy Project and the Tule Wind Project, the equivalent of 18 coal-fired plants
In addition to the historic victory achieved by the EPA in setting toxic pollution standards for US oil- and coal-fired plants, the Obama administration has also approved two major renewable energy projects this week. The Sonoran Solar Energy Project, a 300 MW solar PV project in Arizona, and the Tule Wind Project, a 186 MW wind project in California, will now move forward with construction, creating enough power for nearly 150,000 homes and an estimated 700 jobs.
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar believes that these projects will produce the clean energy equivalent of nearly 18 coal-fired plants.
"Salazar's announcements are the latest in a series of solar, wind, geothermal and transmission facility approvals resulting from Interior's renewable energy program that has focused the Department's resources to prioritize and process existing applications in a coordinated, focused manner with full environmental analysis and public review," the Department of the Interior notes.
Salazar Continues to Advance Renewable Energy Development on Public Lands DOI Press Release, 12/20/11
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