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July 2, 2009

Fed works to speed solar development in Southwest

Filed under: National News,News,Solar Energy — Tags: — admin @ 2:55 pm

Got this link from our friends at Class 4 Winds! The Associated Press has a story out about the Fed’s attempts to speed up solar development. Here’s an excerpt:

The federal government’s top land steward said Monday that the United States will fast-track efforts to build solar power generating facilities on public space in six Western states.Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said he has signed an order setting aside more than 1,000 square miles of public land for two years of study and environmental reviews to determine where solar power stations should be built.

“We are putting a bull’s-eye on the development of solar energy on our public lands,” Salazar said during an announcement with U.S. Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada, in a courtyard shaded by a solar power array at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Salazar and Reid, the Democratic Senate majority leader, invoked President Barack Obama‘s call for rapid development of renewable energy.

“We hear a lot about doing something about the environment,” Reid said. “That’s what this is all about. We want to not be dependent on foreign oil. This will make America a more secure nation.”

You can read the rest of the article here.


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