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#1 2022-01-23 17:10:52

From: New Hampshire
Registered: 2004-07-22
Posts: 25,712

Solar not in my back yard

This seems more activist or environmental and one were protection can done.

Controversial Oberon solar project off I-10 near Desert Center wins federal approval

A controversial 500-megawatt solar project off Interstate 10 in the Southern California desert has been approved, the Bureau of Land Management announced late Thursday. The Oberon Solar Project can move ahead on approximately 2,600 acres of public lands near Desert Center in eastern Riverside County.

The decision authorizes a right-of-way for a subsidiary of Intersect Power to build and operate the photovoltaic solar facility, which will also include 200 megawatts of battery storage. The project will create 750 union construction jobs and eight permanent jobs, according to the news release.

The facility is expected to produce enough electricity to power 142,000 homes.

A company spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but past documents indicate construction could begin as soon as February, with $2.6 billion in funding already obtained for the work and similar renewable projects.

The project is the third to be approved in the California desert on public land in the past month under the rubric of the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan.

Huge solar project near Desert Center would devastate animals, forests, Native sites


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