The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) has approved two solar projects, one in California and the other in Nevada.
The DOI says that the 300 MW Stateline Solar Farm Project will be built in San Bernardino County, Calif., on approximately 1,685 acres of public land located two miles south of the California-Nevada border. The facility will connect to the grid via a 2.7-mile 220 kV transmission line.
The 250 MW Silver State South Solar Project, the DOI adds, will be located near Primm, Nev., on approximately 2,400 acres of public land.
Both projects are proposed by First Solar and have commitments from Southern California Edison to purchase the output for 20 years, the DOI notes.
According to the DOI, First Solar has agreed to undertake significant project design changes and mitigation measures to minimize impacts to wildlife, water, historical, cultural and other resources.