U.S. Government Proposes 19 New Solar Projects

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As part of its continued effort to meet goals related to increasing America's use of renewable energy sources, the U.S. Department of the Interior recently released a list of 19 sites for solar, wind and geothermal power generation projects.

The Depart of the Interior's list of sites includes three large solar power generation facilities to be built on public land that could receive permits by the end of 2011, according to a report from Dow Jones Newswires. Currently, these sites are being developed by a number of private solar construction companies.

If these, as well as the 16 other wind and geothermal sites, are built in the future, the power generated by them could end up being more than 4,000 megawatts of electricity, the report said. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management, which is overseen by the Department of the Interior, has final say on which permits are granted.

The U.S. government is currently attempting to initiate a great number of federally funded renewable energy products to reduce the national reliance on fossil fuels and create a more sustainable energy policy.

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