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U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) Secretary Ken Salazar has announced plans to leave the department at the end of March.

Salazar has played a keystone role in developing renewable energy projects on federal lands. Since 2009, the DOI has authorized 34 solar, wind and geothermal energy projects on public lands that total 10,400 MW.

"Today, the largest solar energy projects in the world are under construction on America's public lands in the West, and we've issued the first leases for offshore wind in the Atlantic," says Salazar. "I am proud of the renewable energy revolution that we have launched."

After stepping down from his post, Salazar plans to return to his home state of Colorado. His successor has yet to be named. 

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