Installing grid-scale solar power arrays has gotten a bit easier with a new program recently rolled out by the US Department of the Interior to allow simpler, more streamlined process for projects on federal land in six western states.
Locations have been identified for an initial set of 17 Solar Energy Zones (SEZs), totaling about 285,000 acres of public lands, that will serve as priority areas for commercial-scale solar development. These are sites that are suited for solar power development and that have access to existing or planned power transmission lines, allowing for ready integration with the grid.
The sites have been identified by the Department of Energy as having excellent solar access, as well as having "relatively low conflict with biological, cultural and historic resources." This allows a faster approval process for developing these areas with less red tape to be dealt with.
image: Public Domain U.S. Marine Corps photo by Pfc. Jeremiah Handeland/Wikimedia
written by Peter Malagodi, December 21, 2012
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