WASHINGTON, D.C. – June 10, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — Nevada Senator Harry Reid released the following statement after the Department of Interior announced the approval of three solar energy projects on public lands in Nevada:
“It is remarkable how much progress we have made in building a renewable energy industry in Nevada. In 2009, I was proud to join former Secretary Ken Salazar to announce a plan to prioritize and expedite permitting for renewable energy projects on public lands. In 2010, the first solar project on Nevada public lands was approved. Today alone, three solar projects are approved. These plants will create 1,900 jobs and generate enough electricity to power over 130,000 homes.
“This progress did not happen by accident; it is a result of diligent and determined efforts to make Nevada the capital of clean energy. These efforts came from the federal level in the form of assistance and incentives, including financing to build the One Nevada transmission line and tax credits for solar, wind and geothermal. These efforts came from the state level, including passage of the law that closed a large dirty coal plant, while replacing it with clean and renewable energy. And these efforts came from the private sector, through innovative companies like Tesla, SolarCity, Ormat and others. Clean energy is good for the economy and is good for the environment. No state in the union has the opportunity that we have. Clean energy is Nevada’s future.”
For more information on Interior’s announcement, see here: http://www.doi.gov/news/pressreleases/interior-department-approves-first-solar-energy-zone-projects.cfm