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Salazar backs 1.1GW US trio

Approval for two solar projects in California and wind farm in Nevada

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US Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar has approved two solar projects and one wind scheme that will total 1.1GW.

The 750MW McCoy project by McCoy Solar and the 150MW Desert Harvest plant by EDF Renewable Energy will be sited in California’s Riverside East Solar Energy Zone. The 200MW Searchlight wind farm Project will be built by Western Area Power Administration on public lands in Clark County, Nevada.

It is thought the schemes will support more than 1,000 jobs through construction and operations.

Salazar said: “These renewable energy projects reflect the Obama administration's commitment to expand domestic energy production on our public lands and diversify our nation's energy portfolio.

“In just over four years we have advanced 37 wind, solar and geothermal projects on our public lands. These projects are bolstering rural economies by generating good jobs and reliable power and strengthening our national energy security.”

Salazar made the announcement in San Francisco with California Governor Edmund G Brown Jr. Working together, the State of California and the Department of the Interior have advanced 5GW of wind, solar, geothermal and transmission projects on public lands in California and more than 15GW statewide since 2009.

Image: Salazar and Brown with solar power project maps (US Department of the Interior)

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