New Nevada Solar Farm Powers Nearly 75K Homes

Monday - 12/27/2010, 11:18am EST

The department of the Interior has approved the Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project in Nevada. It's the ninth large-scale solar facility started as part of the administration's initiative to encourage the development of renewable energy on U.S. public lands.

The plant will use concentrated solar thermal "power tower" technology to contribute 485,000 megawatt hours of renewable energy annually to the Nevada grid.

It's part of an effort -across the administration - to advance a renewable energy economy.

The project is sited on approximately 22-hundred acres administered by the Bureau of Land Management. The Bureau has approved six renewable energy projects on public lands in Nevada - three solar, two geothermal and one wind - along with a long-distance transmission line that will deliver a variety of energy sources to consumers across the western United States.