BLM Boosts Clean Energy Production

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In a significant move toward bolstering clean energy initiatives, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has approved an innovative solar project.

This solar venture is set to occupy around 76 acres of public land in the heart of Clark County, Nevada, situated approximately four miles southwest of the charming town of Boulder City.

The freshly sanctioned Townsite Solar 2 Project is anticipated to harness an impressive 19 megawatts of electricity, and it incorporates cutting-edge battery energy storage technology, aligning seamlessly with the ambitious vision of the Biden-Harris administration to achieve a carbon-pollution-free power sector by the year 2035.

Bruce Sillitoe, the BLM Las Vegas Field Manager, lauded this development, stating, "This project will undoubtedly make a tangible contribution to our burgeoning clean energy economy, offering not only environmental benefits but also employment opportunities for our local community.

"We are deeply appreciative of the valuable public input and feedback received during the evaluation of our initial environmental assessment. After meticulous consideration of this feedback, we have concluded the environmental assessment phase and are now prepared to extend a right-of-way to the project applicant."

For those interested in gaining further insights into this decision, a comprehensive summary of the twelve public comments received, along with corresponding responses from the Bureau of Land Management, can be accessed within the official decision record. This record, along with the crucial finding of no significant environmental impact, the complete environmental assessment, and associated documents, is readily available through the BLM National NEPA Register.

BLM oversees vast expanses of public lands across the nation, holding enormous potential for augmenting the renewable energy landscape. To encourage the responsible harnessing of these energy sources, BLM diligently designates suitable sites for the eco-conscious development of renewable energy on public lands.

The swift and efficient deployment of renewable energy from these lands stands as a pivotal step toward realising the visionary objectives of the Biden-Harris administration to achieve a carbon-pollution-free power sector by 2035.

This endeavour is also in accordance with the directive outlined in the Energy Act of 2020 by Congress, mandating the permitting of 25 gigawatts of solar, wind, and geothermal production on public lands by no later than 2025.

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