Feds OK $6 Billion Solar Plant In Mojave Desert

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is set to announce approval of a thousand-megawatt solar project on federal land in southern California, the largest in a series of solar projects given the go-ahead in recent weeks.

The Interior Department has approved a permit for what will be the world’s biggest solar power plant, on federal land in the desert near Blythe, Calif., 225 miles east of Los Angeles, according to Obama administration officials speaking on condition of anonymity because the announcement had not yet been made.

The $6 billion project is being developed by Solar Millennium, a German solar developer. At peak output, the solar farm could generate enough clean electricity to power more than 300,000 homes, according to project developers.

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  • vudu

    Excellent, I hope it turns out well.

  • Mat

    Seems it would have been better to have an American Company do the job so more of our unemployed would have the work. Not a foreign company even if it’s an Nato nation..Just like BP in the Gulf.
    I guess it’s going to be counted as one of his new jobs created projects.

    • vudu

      Its being developed by germans but they are still going to have to use people here for the construction of this massive project.

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  • Jan in So Cal

    But doesn’t heat from these reflectors create a hotter atmosphere? And the Mojave Desert can get really hot…

  • reason

    in general something reflective will push photons back to space- making things cooler – rather than them being absorbed into say a black roof creating heat that sits there. Solar panels are becoming increasingly less reflective as the more photons that can be absorbed at every angle (not a simple task as the sun moves) is better. In general – they dont WANT the panels to be reflective.

  • rose

    sounds wonderful.i hope the ibew gets some work from it.

  • tb

    “The $6 billion project is being developed by Solar Millennium, a German solar developer”

    Gee, with the Nobama administration in a $hit hole, you would have thought the contract would have been awarded to an American company. Even is the cost was higher. Typical Nobama, never thinks.

  • can'trecallhahaha

    Thank the republicans for stopping alternitive energy, after the democrats got it going, way back in the 1970’s!

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