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Solar Power’s Land Grab Hits a Snag: Environmentalists

Jim Carlton of The Wall Street Journal reports on solar projects that are being delayed by activists and environmentalists. 

The C3 Take
  • Local residents and activists are protesting and delaying the deployment of two massive solar fields in the Mojave Desert in an effort to save the habitat of the endangered desert tortoise.
  • One energy source that environmentalists who are concerned with land use should consider is nuclear energy, which safe, reliable, and clean.
  • Outdated regulations, such as the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), hinder clean energy development by allowing activists to slow down projects through years of litigation.
  • By making companies and property owners partners, not pariahs, policymakers can develop clean energy sources while protecting endangered species.

“Slated to be the biggest solar plant in the U.S., the Battle Born Solar Project by California-based Arevia Power would carpet 14 square miles—the equivalent of 7,000 football fields—with more than a million solar panels 10 to 20 feet tall. It would be capable of producing 850 megawatts of electricity, or roughly one-tenth of Nevada’s current capacity.”

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The views and opinions expressed are those of the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of C3.

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