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The government said Wednesday it is calling off a recently announced moratorium on applications to build solar plants on public lands.
The Bureau of Land Management made the announcement after public opposition to its original decision, reached at the end of May.
The BLM had wanted to put new applications for solar plants on federal land on hold while undertaking a comprehensive review of potential environmental impacts from such plants. That review was not scheduled for completion until 2010.
"Hitting the brakes before we'd really gotten off the ground was definitely a scary prospect for the industry," said Katherine Gensler, manager of regulatory and legislative affairs for the Solar Energy Industries Association.
BLM Director James Caswell said the agency's action Wednesday was intended to address such concerns.
"By continuing to accept and process new applications for solar energy projects, we will aggressively help meet growing interest in renewable energy sources, while ensuring environmental protections," he said in a statement.
Originally posted by sty
with so much coast-line I believe wind is the best for US . Solars still too expensive and not very efficient. Unless Sterling system is used..
Originally posted by Maxmars
Why is solar 'too' expensive. Who is charging an arm and a leg for this technology? How can it be priced 'beyond the reach' of a nation that can spend $5,000 a minute for a war half of us don't support? Who controls the "pricing" for solar technology?