Meeting Our Energy Needs, Creating Jobs While Protecting Desert Habitat
The Departments of the Interior and Energy adopted a first-ever plan for constructing solar energy facilities on public lands in the West while creating jobs, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, contributing to national security and protecting natural habitats.
"By using science and assessment in state and federal plans, we can find areas for solar facilities that don’t impact nature,” said Michael Powelson, The Nature Conservancy, North American director of energy programs. “We can develop the renewable energy that is essential to our future while protecting our iconic desert landscapes by directing development to areas that are more degraded.”
Influenced by the extensive assessment we undertook in the Mojave and Sonoran Deserts that identified areas where energy development facilities would have the least ecological impact, we worked closely with the Department of Interior, the Bureau of Land Management and others, ensuring that this plan allows for solar energy development while protecting sensitive natural areas simultaneously.
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