BLM Approves Oberon Solar Project in California

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The Oberon Solar project was able to begin construction after receiving final approval from the Bureau of Land Management Palm Springs (BLM) – South Coast Field Office. With this project, the United States is setting the pace for the development of renewable energy, particularly solar energy.

According to the BLM, the Oberon Solar project will be constructed on 2,600 acres of BLM-managed land in eastern Riverside County, California, close to Desert Center.

The areas have been identified as appropriate for the development of renewable power. About 146,000 households will receive electricity from the project, which will be enough to meet the demand for solar energy.

This project will have a positive economic and environmental impact, creating 750 jobs in the construction sector and producing clean energy that can offset the greenhouse gas emissions from the country.

Prior to the Oberon Solar project, BLM approved the Arica and Victory Pass solar projects – the first projects of the agency’s Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan Land Use Plan Amendment. When combined, the three solar projects can reach 1,000 GW power capacity.

It is also part of the Biden-Harris administration’s efforts to cut carbon emissions by establishing new efficiency requirements for federal buildings and speeding up the adoption of technology for using electricity rather than fossil fuels to heat buildings.

On the basis of sustainability, and development of electricity production, along with accompanying infrastructures, such as electricity transmission or storage networks, the authorities promote the growth and expansion of the solar energy market.

By 2025, it intends to produce at least 25GW of geothermal, solar, and wind energy on public lands.

Solar power is a key component in the US renewable energy system. Over the years, the cost of solar power generation systems has dropped dramatically, giving American homes and businesses access to low-cost, clean energy.

President Joe Biden wants to achieve 100% clean electricity by 2035 and completely decarbonize the US economy by 2050. As of 2022, 64 utility-scale onshore clean energy projects have been proposed on public lands managed by BLM located in the western part of the US.

Article Source: BLM
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