It looks like the desert where Nevada-California border intersects Interstate 15 is about get another 3,800 acres of solar panels.
This week the Interior Department approved two huge solar power projects — the 300-megawatt Stateline Solar Farm Project will be about two miles into California and the other 250-MG Silver State South project will be near Primm — both on federal public lands, according to Greenwire. Both projects are owned by First Solar, which has already built the 50-MG Silver State North facility. For that facility the company expected to get $50 million in federal tax credits.
Nevada Sen. Dean Heller has introduced a bill to extend those tax credits.
First Solar has secured power purchase agreements with Southern California Edison Co. for the electricity produced at both plants.
A group calling itself Defenders of Wildlife has already announced its intent to sue the Interior Department over both solar projects, claiming a violation of the Endangered Species Act due to their effect on the Mojave Desert tortoise habitat.
They’re paving over the desert with glass panels.