According to the Associated Press reported that the ministry of the interior has approved a proposal, agreed to public land used for development of large scale solar power plants. After years of negotiation , this will bring new opportunities for renewable energy development in the western United State. Secretary of the interior Ken Salazar regard the plan as a new milestone,that think it will be better, faster to promote the development of civil solar industry.
Earlier, the ministry of the interior to take on the solar project is the first application, first examination and approval system, developers first choose solar facilities place, then for land development. But in the future, the ministry of the interior will not be approved individually solar energy project, on the contrary, it will directly lead developers to those who have less wildlife and natural resources of land on the development and utilization of solar energy.
The United States government in California, Nevada, etc six states established 17 new "the solar energy zone", with a total area of 115000 hectares, most of the land is located in southern California. Salazar said that Obama government has approved 10000 megawatts of solar energy, wind energy and geothermal energy projects, these projects completion will be enough to provide power for 3.5 million families.
The new solar zone are close to the existing powerline network, can quickly will power transmission to energy shortage city. In addition, these zone also has less environmental problems, which is beneficial to the development of solar energy project. Some construction in solar energy project developers by the ministry of the interior to welcome the move, saying it will help U.S. energy combination more quickly diversified.
However, there are some developers said that the new plan may also in the long process of coordination, so hope the government continued to promote the development of solar energy project. The solar energy industries association President Rhone Resch said, the American bureau of land management must ensure that unfinished project no longer into more bureaucratization process.