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U.S. processing 50 clean energy project applications on public lands


The Biden administration has approved two major solar projects in the California desert and is working on permit applications for 50 more clean energy facilities, it said on Tuesday as it seeks to deliver on the president’s climate change agenda.

The Interior Department, which oversees most of the nation’s public lands, is key to President Joe Biden’s “whole-of-government” approach to tackling global warming. It has vowed to expand renewable energy development and reverse former President Donald Trump’s emphasis on maximizing fossil fuel extraction.

The department approved two solar projects, the Arica and Victory Pass facilities being developed by Clearway Energy Group LLC, in California’s Riverside County. The projects are the first to be approved under an Obama administration agreement with the state of California that set aside desert areas for wind and solar development.

Interior expects to permit a third project in the area, Intersect Power’s Oberon Solar project, “in the coming days.” The project’s developer is working to address concerns voiced by conservation groups about the array’s impact on desert woodlands, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Director Tracy Stone-Manning said on a call with reporters.

[Nichola Groom]

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