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Solar Energy Projects in California
The table below provides information about projects that have filed applications under the Energy Commission’s jurisdiction (thermal power plant projects 50 MW or larger).
California’s electric utility companies are required to use renewable energy to produce 33 percent of their power by 2020. A main source of renewable power will be solar energy.
Solar thermal projects (above 50 MW) require approvals from both the BLM and the Energy Commission prior to construction. Therefore, to provide joint National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) review and a more efficient process, the BLM and Energy Commission have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). This MOU also has attachments listing the solar projects the BLM is aware of (as of July 2007) and the time line for the joint review process.
- Siting Division
- Overview Map of Large Solar Projects
- Map of BLM Solar Energy Project Applications
- Renewables Portfolio Standard