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- The Department of the Interior signed off on developing a solar power plant on Monday.
- Called the Crimson Solar Project, it stands to generate power and store up to 530 megawatts of energy.
- It will be located in Riverside County in Southern California.
On Monday, the U.S Department of the Interior (DOI) announced its approval of a new solar project situated in the California desert, expected to generate enough power to supply more than 87,000 homes.
Called the Crimson Solar Project, the project was given the green light by the Bureau of Land Management in February before moving further within the DOI for approval. It is part of the wider plan of the Biden administration to develop a strong renewable energy sector in a bid to reduce the U.S.’s dependence on fossil fuels.
The project will cost about $550 million and consist of a 350-megawatt solar photovoltaic facility capable of storing 530 megawatts of energy and distribute it across the Colorado River Substation.
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It will be located on about 2,000 acres in Riverside County.
“The time for a clean energy future is now. We must make bold investments that will tackle climate change and create good-paying American jobs,” said Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland. “Projects like this can help to make America a global leader in the clean energy economy through the acceleration of responsible renewable energy development on public lands.”
The property itself will be owned by Sonoran West Solar Holdings, LLC, a subsidiary of Recurrent Energy.
This is part of President Biden’s larger plan to make the U.S. economy and infrastructure carbon neutral by 2030. Investing into renewable energies, like solar and wind, are key components of the plan.