Feds recommend trimming proposed solar plant

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal officials are recommending that a proposed solar project in Southern California be downsized by about a quarter to address concerns about the potential impact on bighorn sheep and to make sure the project won't be seen from most of the neighboring Mojave National Preserve.

The Bureau of Land Management says it's recommending reducing the size of the project by more than 600 acres. If approved, the solar plant would still generate enough electricity to power more than 79,000 homes.

The public has 30 days to weigh in once the recommendation is published in the Federal Register.

The recommendation is included as part of an environmental impact statement that government agencies must undertake before construction could occur. Some conservation groups have said the site is unsuitable for energy generation.

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