The federal government yesterday approved funding for the construction of a photovoltaic solar power plant in California and Oregon wind farm will generate 379 megawatts together renewable energy, enough to power 112,500 homes and help to create over 600 jobs.
These would be the renewable energy projects number 26 and 27 respectively supported by the Department of the Interior over the past two years.
“As we continue to actively and swiftly moving into the future of renewable energy these projects strengthen local economies by creating good jobs and sustainable energy,” said Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior.
In California, Solar Energy Project Sentinel is a solar power plant of 275 megawatts that will connect through the Imperial Valley Substation in San Diego Gas & Electric. This plant will create 367 jobs, generating more than $ 30 million in taxes during the life of the project, while providing enough electricity to supply about 82,500 homes.
The Oregon project, North Steens Transmission Line, is a line of 44 miles that will generate power for about 30,000 homes, 4.5 million in local tax revenue over the life of the project. Both projects were subject to extensive environmental review to mitigate any potential advance environmental impact, authorities said.
Because development on private land is connected to the federal law Pathways to transmission lines and can not proceed without approval from the Department of the Interior, the Environmental Impact Report and Environmental Assessment had to consider the impact of any generation and transmission projects, including the component that they will be located on private land.