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Biden administration moves to expand solar power on US land

Solar power
Michael Quine/AP
Las Vegas Review-Journal
In this Dec. 11, 2017, file photo, solar arrays line the desert floor of the Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone as part of the 179 megawatt Switch Station 1 and Switch Station 2 Solar Projects north of Las Vegas. The Biden administration on Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2021, issued a solicitation for interest in developing solar power on public lands in Nevada, New Mexico and Colorado.

U.S. officials have approved two solar projects in California and are opening public lands in three other Western states to potential solar development — part of the Biden administration’s effort to counter climate change by shifting from fossil fuels.

The two projects in Riverside County east of Los Angeles combined would generate enough power for about 132,000 homes.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management also Tuesday published a call to nominate land for development within “solar energy zones” in Colorado, Nevada and New Mexico.

Democratic President Joe Biden's promotion of renewable wind and solar power marks a shift from Republican President Donald Trump’s emphasis on coal, oil and gas.