Interior approves three renewable energy projects

U.S. Department of the Interior Sally Jewell geothermal solar Arizona Nevada Midland Solar Energy Project New York Canyon Geothermal Project Quartzsite Solar Energy Project approved

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced Tuesday the approval of three major renewable energy projects in Arizona and Nevada. The three projects will deliver up to 520 MW to the electricity grid when complete.

The three projects are the 350 MW Midland Solar Energy Project and the 70 MW New York Canyon Geothermal Project, both located in Nevada, and the 100 MW Quartzsite Solar Energy Project, located in Arizona.

The Midland Solar Energy Project, located near Boulder City, Nev., was proposed by Boulder Solar Power LLC. The 1,554-acre project will cross 76 acres of federal transmission corridor and provide enough electricity to power around 105,000 homes, according to the Interior Department.

The New York Geothermal Project will be located on 15,135 acres of land east of Lovelock, Nev. TGP Dixie Development Co. LLC, a subsidiary of TerraGen Power LLC, will built the 70 MW project and associated 230 kV electrical line.

The Quartzsite Solar Project was proposed by Quartzsite Solar Energy LLC, a subsidiary of Solar Reserve LLC, and is located in La Paz County, Ariz. The project will use concentrating solar power tower technology to drive steam turbine generators on 1,600 of land.

The Department of the Interior stated in a release that it has approved 25 utility-scale solar facilities, nine wind farms and 11 geothermal plants since 2009, which will create a total 12,500 MW of capacity when built.

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