Interior Secretary Ken Salazar officially announced last week that the Department of the Interior has designated 285,000 acres of public land for solar development on pre-sited zones in the Western states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah, as RenewableEnergyWorld.com reported in July.
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Making electricity from the sun always appealed to Bruce Monson, an Air Force veteran who lives on a rolling farmstead southeast of Columbia. But when Monson looked to install solar panels on his property, he learned it would cost $22,000. Then he discovered an electric cooperative wanted to charge him $50 a month to connect the panels to a power line.
WASHINGTON, DC and SACRAMENTO, CA – Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), and Shannon Eddy, executive director of the Large-scale Solar Association (LSA), released the following statement today in response to the Department of the Interior’s record of decision on the Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) for Solar Energy Development on Public Lands:
Milford, Del. -- Milford will be home to Delaware’s largest solar field – and one of the biggest on the East Coast – when work is completed on an 80-acre array currently under construction off of Milford-Harrington Highway.
The El Chaparral Solar Farm in New Mexico has found financial support through Wells Fargo. The solar project, developed by SunEdison, is the sixth utility-scale solar project that Well Fargo has funded, in partnership with SunEdison, in the past year.
A recent Department of Defense study hints tantalizingly at the vast potential for solar energy development on federally-owned lands in the western U.S.
IKEA, the world's leading home furnishings retailer, today officially plugged-in the solar energy system installed at its store in College Park, Maryland. The 148,200-square-foot PV array consists of a 1,196-kW system, built with 4,984 panels.
During the introductory keynote of the Solar Power Colorado conference last week, a group of solar thought leaders discussed what would happen in 2012 and what was needed for the solar industry to move forward.
California and other western states are among the darlings of the U.S. Energy Department's solar power initiatives. The Obama administration said it was throwing another few million dollars into the so-called SunShot solar power initiative.
In his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama called for the U.S. to "double-down on a clean energy industry that's never been more promising."