Balancing our energy needs, the environment and wildlife protection—while creating jobs and boosting rural economies—is something we can achieve. Clean, renewable energy has the opportunity to be a catalyst for change in how America plans for our energy future.
On the heels of President Obama’s State of the Union remarks to expand clean energy development, the Interior Department is moving to finalize the nation’s first solar energy program for public lands with the closing of the public comment period today.
Early last week, the Bureau of Land Management released a list of 17 wind, solar, and geothermal project applications that the agency will prioritize in 2012, representing about 7,000 MW of renewable energy.
California has already established itself as a leader in solar development, with ambitious rooftop solar programs, numerous large- and community-scale projects under construction, and many more in the permitting pipeline.
Colorado has built a reputation as a national leader on renewable energy, steadily increasing its wind and solar portfolio over the years and in 2010 passing a law requiring that 30% the state’s energy come from renewable resources by 2020, one of the highest standards in the country.
In the sizzling Chihuahuan desert of New Mexico, blue skies are the norm and the sun packs a punch, making for huge solar development potential in the region. The state’s great potential for solar includes three Solar Energy Zones (SEZs) proposed by the BLM on public lands.
Utah’s expansive deserts are known for clear skies and abundant sunshine, providing rich resources for clean, renewable energy from solar projects. The state’s great potential for solar includes three Solar Energy Zones (SEZs) proposed by the BLM on public lands.