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New Measures to Aid Solar on Public Lands

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Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced measures on Monday to hasten the development of solar energy on Western public lands.
 

Mr. Salazar, appearing in Las Vegas with Harry Reid, the Senate majority leader, said that 670,000 acres of lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management (an agency within the Department of the Interior) would be studied to determine whether they could support large solar power arrays.
 

Twenty-four tracts of land in six states — Nevada, Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah — are under review. Maps of the land will be published shortly in the Federal Register.
 

The solar study zones, Mr. Salazar said, are part of the Obama administration’s push to do “everything we can to put the bulls-eye on the development of solar energy on our public lands.”

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By the end of 2010, Mr. Salazar said, he expected there to be 13 commercial-scale solar projects under construction on public lands.

 

“There are millions of acres set aside for oil and gas. It’s about time we did something for renewable energy,” said Mr. Reid.
 


I was glad to see this news, because the BLM has been holding up these new solar power projects up to this point.
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The BLM has a difficult task in trying to preserve federal lands. It is subject to all sorts of political maneuvering and much of that has been done in the past for various industires. Sometimes they are 'between the rock and the hard spot'.

Cutting through the red tape in this area is a positive step. Now if someone can get senator Feinstein to forget about the desert tortise and Kennedy to ignore the wind turbines on the distant skyline for a little while!  

Water is a sticking point with the CSP projects - The low water loss cooling technologies need much more attention. Desalinization (probably mispelled) needs a great deal of attention. If desal water could be made available to coastal regions more water would be freed up for other uses inland. 
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