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BLM Adds Colorado Meeting On Solar Energy Plan

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Solar panels at Solar TAC (credit: CBS)

Solar panels at Solar TAC (credit: CBS)

ALAMOSA, Colo. (AP) – The Bureau of Land Management has added a public meeting in Colorado for people to comment on the federal government’s draft plan for solar energy development on public lands.

The meeting is scheduled for Jan. 11 in Alamosa.

The goal of the solar energy plan is to promote development of large, utility-scale solar projects on public lands while minimizing conflicts with wildlife and cultural and historic resources.

The BLM’s preferred alternative within the draft plan identifies 17 zones in six western states as prime candidates for projects. Four zones are in the San Luis Valley in Colorado. The other zones are in California, Nevada, Utah, New Mexico and Arizona.

The agency has already held public meetings on the draft plan in Arizona, California and Nevada.

LINK: http://solareis.anl.gov

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