U.S. Opens Public Lands for Solar Power

20 Dec

Solar energy development in the United States took a big step forward last week after the Interior Department announced its plans to open up public land in six Western states for new solar projects.

“As stewards of our public lands, we must make sure that we are developing renewable energy in the right way and in the right places,” remarked Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar.  The department designated 24 “special energy zones” across Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada and Utah. New solar projects on these public lands could amount to nearly 24,000 MW over the next 20 years.

This announcement from the Interior Department came on the heels of the U.S. Senate’s decision to extend a rebate program which would support solar and other renewable energy projects.  Under this Treasury Department program, companies can recoup up to 30% of the associated costs of new solar or wind projects through a rebate program.  The program has been extended through the next year.  Read more…

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Posted by on December 20, 2010 in Clean Energy, Policy, Solar


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