Solar Trust Of America Wins BLM Approval For Amargosa Solar Project

Solar Trust of America LLC, an integrated solar solutions company, says that its project-development subsidiary, Solar Millennium LLC, has secured a record of decision (ROD) from the U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Land Management (BLM) approving the right-of-way grant for the Amargosa Farm Road solar project.

The ROD is a key milestone in the federal permitting process that will allow Solar Millennium to build and operate the Nye County, Nev., solar power project once all other federal, state and local permits are secured, the company says. Construction of the project is estimated to begin at the end of 2011.

In October, the BLM approved the final environmental impact statement, a comprehensive public review of the potential impacts of the proposed project on the environment. Now that the ROD is approved, the project will seek approval of the Section 404 Dredge and Fill permit from the U.S. Corps of Engineers and will pursue other State of Nevada and local permits.

When completed, the power facility will house two 250 MW units and will feature up to 4.5 hours of thermal storage, the company says.

SOURCE: Solar Trust of America

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