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Sat Oct 13, 2012, 04:00 PM

Solar development plan in Western states -- including Ariz. -- OK'd

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Source: Associated Press

Solar development plan in Western states -- including Ariz. -- OK'd
Posted: Saturday, October 13, 2012 10:12 am
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Federal officials on Friday approved a plan that sets aside 445 square miles of public land for the development of large-scale solar power plants, cementing a new government approach to renewable energy development in the West after years of delays and false starts.

At a news conference in Las Vegas, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar called the new plan a "roadmap ... that will lead to faster, smarter utility-scale solar development on public lands."

The plan replaces the department's previous first-come, first-served system of approving solar projects, which let developers choose where they wanted to build utility-scale solar sites and allowed for land speculation.

The department no longer will decide projects within the zones on a case-by-case basis as it had since 2005, when solar developers began filing applications. Instead, the department will direct development to land it has identified as having fewer wildlife and natural-resource obstacles.


Read more: http://www.eastvalleytribune.com/arizona/article_d174c34c-14de-11e2-b6f7-0019bb2963f4.html

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sat Oct 13, 2012, 04:07 PM

1. Wonderful,much needed

we have the dirtiest power plants in the nation. Irony of it,this power goes to the L.A.basin. What a oxymoron,L.A. clean,Utah and Nevada dirty,all about the dollars. Lets hope they keep the China corps out.

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Sat Oct 13, 2012, 04:39 PM

2. Woooodamnwhoooooooooo!

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sat Oct 13, 2012, 06:31 PM

3. I've often thought the American southwest could be the worlds next major industrial

 

heartland with some planning and investment.

They have the energy, the empty land, and are located close enough to various major ports on the pacific and gulf of Mexico.

Modern industry doesn't even really need that many people. Largely automated factories churning out goods using solar power and delivering them via highspeed rail to port cities for transport.

It could be a reality in a decade or so if we put our minds to it.

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Sat Oct 13, 2012, 07:18 PM

4. Duplicate Topic - Locking

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