CleanTech OC Daily - 8/7/12

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Ivanpah, located near the California/Nevada border, one of the largest solar thermal farms in the world. Currently half-way complete, the plant will be operation in 2013 and will use 170,000 mirrors to concentrate sunlight onto three massive towers to produce solar electricity.

By signing a memorandum of understanding, the Department of Defense and the Department of the Interior will jointly explore the potential for wind, solar, and geothermal energy on 13 million acres of land at military facilities in the western U.S. All of the land was previously under the jurisdiction of DOI’s Bureau of Land Management but had been set aside for military use.

In an attempt to make permitting and review processes for infrastructure projects more efficient and effective, the U.S. will expedite the approval of seven solar and wind-energy projects in Arizona, California, Nevada and Wyoming that will produce power for about 1.5 million homes. The effort is part of President Obama’s strategy to promote wider use of renewable energy on federal land.

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