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U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) Secretary Sally Jewell has announced the approval of three large renewable energy projects that, when built, are expected to deliver up to 520 MW to the electricity grid.

The 100 MW Quartzsite Solar Project, located in La Paz County, Ariz., was proposed by Quartzsite Solar Energy LLC, a subsidiary of Solar Reserve LLC. The project will use concentrating solar "power tower" technology to drive steam turbine generators with heliostats on 1,600 acres of Bureau of Land Management (BLM)-regulated lands.

The Midland Solar Project is a 350 MW solar photovoltaic facility. Proposed by Boulder Solar Power LLC, the project will be built on private lands about seven miles southwest from Boulder City, Nev., and will cross 76 acres of federal transmission corridor.

The 70 MW New York Canyon Geothermal Project and electrical transmission facility will be built on 15,135 acres of land managed by the BLM about 25 miles east of Lovelock, Nev. TGP Dixie Development Co. LLC, a subsidiary of TerraGen Power LLC, will build the project and associated 230 kV electrical line.

Since 2009, the DOI says it has approved 25 utility-scale solar facilities, nine wind farms and 11 geothermal plants, with associated transmission corridors and infrastructure to connect to established power grids.




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