The zones, which have been identified because of the amount of sunthey receive and how flat they are, collectively amount to roughly680,000 acres of publically owned land in California, Arizona and Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah.
The government hopes that by designating these zones the process ofapproval for companies looking to develop solar energy projects in these areas will be streamlined.
Though the U.S. Bureau of Land Management will consider proposedprojects outside of these zones it says, "There’s going to be quite anincentive" for companies "to focus their attention on these areas."
These zones have already been reviewed and analyzed for the social,economic and environmental impact of development on these lands makingit easier and quicker for the government to grant approval for proposed projects..
U.S. Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar, explains the zones "will help us site solar projects in the right place and reduce conflicts and delays at later stages of the development process."
Read the full article at Nasdaq: US Designates Zones In Six States For Solar Energy Projects
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