Biden administration moves to expand solar power on US land
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. officials have approved two solar projects in California and are opening public lands in three other Western states to potential solar development — part of the Biden administration’s effort to counter climate change by shifting from fossil fuels.
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management approved the Arica and Victory Pass solar projects in Riverside County east of Los Angeles, which combined would generate up to 465 megawatts of electricity, or enough to power about 132,000 homes.
The land agency also on Tuesday published a call to nominate land for development within “solar energy zones” in Colorado, Nevada and New Mexico.
President Joe Biden’s promotion of renewable wind and solar power marks a shift from former President Donald Trump’s emphasis on coal, oil and gas.