The federal Bureau of Land Management has given final approval for a solar power plant on public lands in the southeastern California desert, the Interior Department said Monday.
The Crimson Solar Project, which includes a 350-megawatt energy storage system, could supply enough power for 87,500 homes, the department said.
The approval comes amid President Joe Biden’s plans to fight climate change, with a goal of 100% renewable energy in the power sector by 2035.
“The time for a clean energy future is now,” Interior Secretary Deb Haaland said in a statement.
The decision authorizes Sonoran West Solar Holdings LLC to build the $550 million plant on about 2,000 acres (809.3 hectares) of BLM-administered lands about 13 miles (20.9 kilometers) west of the Riverside County community of Blythe.