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US backs 520MW renewables trio

Department of the Interior rubber-stamps two solar sites and geothermal plant

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The US Department of the Interior has approved three major renewables schemes totalling 520MW.

The 350MW Midland solar plant proposed by Boulder Solar Power will be built about 7 miles south-west of Boulder City, Nevada, and cross 76 acres of federal transmission corridor.

Also in Nevada, the 70MW New York Canyon geothermal project will be built on 15,135 acres of land managed by the DoI’s Bureau of Land Management about 25 miles east of Lovelock in Pershing County. TGP Dixie Development Company, a subsidiary of TerraGen Power, will build the plant and an associated 230kV electrical line.

Finally, the 100MW Quartzsite solar scheme will be constructed in La Paz County, Arizona. It was proposed by Quartzsite Solar Energy, a subsidiary of Solar Reserve, and will cover 1600 acres of land managed by the BLM.

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell said: “These projects reflect the Obama administration's commitment to expand responsible domestic energy production on our public lands and diversify our nation's energy portfolio.”

Meanwhile, the BLM has identified an additional 15 active renewable energy proposals slated for review this year and next.

Since 2009, the DoI has approved 25 utility-scale solar facilities, nine wind farms and 11 geothermal plants totalling 12.5GW.

Image: the Midland solar plant will have a capacity of 350MW (

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