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Mega-Solar Project Gets Government OK

The Desert Quartzite will take advantage of ample desert sunlight, like this similar solar facility in California.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has given the go-ahead to $1 billion solar project on approximately 3,000 acres of public land near Palm Springs, Calif. A subsidiary of First Solar will construct, operate and maintain the 450-megawatt photovoltaic project.

Construction of the Desert Quartzite Solar Project is expected to generate as many as 870 jobs. When up and running, the facility will power an estimated 117,000 homes.

“The Department of the Interior supports moving forward with the Desert Quartzite solar project and other projects that help strengthen communities and promote energy independence,” said Casey Hammond, BLM acting assistant secretary of land and minerals management. “Responsible domestic energy production on Federal lands remains fundamental to our nation’s security.”


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