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Solar Energy-President Obama approves $6 Billion for Solar Project

President Obama approved the largest solar project on public lands.  This project and the other six approved projects will create more than 2,000 jobs during construction and several hundred permanent positions after completion.  This highlights the commitment to alternative energy and solar power by President Obama and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s administrations.

Approval by the Interior Department was given in October for  construction on 7,000 acres in the Mojave Desert near Blythe California.  Named the Blythe Solar Power Project, it is being developed by Solar Millennium, a German solar developer.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar stated that the project showed in a real way how harnessing their own renewable resources could create good jobs at home.

The Interior Department has approved six solar projects on Federal lands and is expected to approve a seventh project.  These projects are located in California and Nevada.

After going on line the seven will generate more than 3,000 megawatts of power.  Enough electricity for two million homes.

Sources for this story:

The Sacramento Bee

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