Department Of Interior Approves Two Large Solar Projects In California


U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) Secretary Ken Salazar has approved three major renewable energy projects, including two solar projects, in California. In all, the three projects are expected to deliver 1,100 MW.

The 750 MW McCoy solar energy project and the 150 MW Desert Harvest solar farm are both located in California's Riverside East Solar Energy Zone, an area established by the DOI through the Western Solar Energy Plan as most suitable for solar development.

The McCoy project was proposed by McCoy Solar LLC (a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources LLC). The Desert Harvest project was proposed by EDF Renewable Energy (formerly enXco).

The announcement is part of a long-term partnership between the State of California and the DOI to support the state and federal government's clean energy goals. Since 2009, the aligned federal and state permitting and environmental review processes have advanced 5 GW of wind, solar, geothermal and transmission projects on public lands in California – and more than 15 GW statewide.

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