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Government Identifies Land For Solar Projects

The Department of the Interior has announced a draft plan for promoting large-scale solar energy developments on federal land in the West by identifying 24 "Solar Energy Zones" in California, Nevada, Colorado, Utah, New Mexico and Arizona. According to the government, the areas outlined in the plan amount to a small fraction of the land currently under federal management:

On the basis of these exclusions, about 22 million acres of BLM-administered lands would be available for right of way applications for solar development under the Preferred Alternative. That includes about 677,400 acres identified as proposed Solar Energy Zones. However, reasonably foreseeable solar energy development is anticipated ononly about 214,000 acres of the suitable and appropriate BLM lands.

The draft plan will be open to public comment for 90 days.