Federal government opens new energy zones for solar initiative

Federal government opens new energy zones for solar initiative

November 23, 2011 0 By Erin Kilgore

Last month, the Obama administration unveiled a new plan to expand the use of solar power in the Western U.S.

The federal government has introduced 17 new solar energy zones in six states where utility-scale solar projects can take root. These projects, when completed, will provide energy to homes and businesses. The plan will be implemented by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and will span deserts in California, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado.

The plan is part of an overarching initiative from the federal government to modernize the nation’s energy infrastructure. Alternative energy has been identified as a top priority by the federal government for national security and sustainability purposes. Solar power, along with alter renewable fuels, will play a key role in the government’s plans.

More than 35,000 square miles will be put to use for 13 major solar energy projects.

The land will be home to expansive solar arrays that will harvest massive amounts of solar energy. The electricity generated by the solar farms will be funneled to power plants in the participating states. The electricity will then be distributed throughout a state’s energy grid where it will be used to power homes and businesses.

The ambitious solar project will not be able to handle the entirety of a state’s energy demands, but will help states become more environmentally friendly and will reduce the overall cost of electricity by a significant amount.

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