June 30, 2009

Fast-tracking Solar Plants

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The federal government is fast-tracking public land in Colorado and five other Western states for development as commercial solar power plants, Mark Jaffe of the Denver Post reports today. The goal is to have 13 solar power plants under construction by next year. A total of 670,000 acres in six Western states are being divided into 24 “Solar Energy Study Areas,” including 21,000 acres in Colorado. The Colorado sites could generate up to 4,100 megawatts of electricity, about the same as 10 coal-fired power plants, the Post reports. ttp://bit.ly/iWFYv

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