Enviros Critique 'Solar Energy Zones'
"A new federal program to identify lands that are best suited for solar-power projects is being hailed by environmentalists and industry observers as an unprecedented effort to ensure renewable energy projects are developed in a way that protects unspoiled landscapes and wildlife habitat.
But Interior Secretary Ken Salazar's directive establishing more than 675,000 acres of "solar energy study areas" in six Western states has sparked questions as to why the government is not taking as detailed a look at the siting of wind farms and other renewable energy plants on public lands.
And some environmental groups are voicing concerns that some of the 24 solar study zones, if developed, would wipe out habitat for federally protected species."Source: Greenwire, 07/10/2009