"U.S. Approves World's Biggest Solar Power Project"

"The U.S. Interior Department on Monday approved a permit for the world's biggest solar power project that will provide electricity to up to 750,000 homes.

The 1,000-megawatt project was proposed by a subsidiary of Solar Millennium AG and will be located on federal lands near Blythe, California.

"The Blythe Solar Power Project is a major milestone in our nation's renewable energy economy and shows that the United States intends to compete and lead in the technologies of the future," said U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar.

The project fits with the Obama administration's efforts to have more U.S. electricity supplies generated by renewable energy sources like wind and solar power and create thousands of clean energy jobs in the process.

The project will consist of four concentrated solar electric generation facilities that would be able to produce up 1,000 megawatts of power. That is equal to the generation capacity of a large natural gas or coal-fired power plant."

Tom Doggett reports for Reuters October 26, 2010.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010