Pérez applauds approval of NextEra Solar Project in Blythe

Blythe, California - State Assemblymember V. Manuel Pérez applauds the U.S. Department of Interior’s action to approve a technology change for the NextEra Solar Project outside of Blythe, enabling what will be among the nation’s largest renewable energy projects to advance.

“This project has had its stops and starts, and I’m pleased to see it again moving forward,” said Pérez. “Though this revised project is slightly smaller than the original proposal, the NextEra photovoltaic field is still very ambitious and will be among the largest in the nation. It’s projected to take four years to construct, which means four years of jobs and local economic activity, not to mention the long-term benefits to our state by building out our renewable energy infrastructure.”

Last Friday, Assistant Secretary of the Department of the Interior for Land and Minerals Management, Janice M. Schneider, approved the request by NextEra Blythe Solar in August 2011 to use photovoltaic technology rather than the thermal parabolic technology approved in 2010.

According to the Department of Interior, the amended project will be sited on 4,138 acres of public lands west of Blythe, will have a capacity of 485 megawatts, and will take four years to construct. The original 2010 project proposed by Solar Trust of America had 1,000 megawatt capacity and would have occupied 6,831 acres.

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