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US White House fast-tracks 7 wind, solar projects totalling 5 GW

As part of the "We Can't Wait" initiative to advance renewable energy development on federal lands, the White House has announced that the approval process for seven solar and wind projects in four US western states would be fast-tracked.

The seven projects will almost reach 5,000 MW of installed capacity, of which 3,425 MW will come from wind and 1,550 MW from solar.

A 3,000 MW wind project will be fast-tracked: the Chokecherry/Sierra Madre Wind Energy in Wyoming, developed by the Power compny of Wyoming, is expected to be approved by October 2014. A 425 MW wind project developed in Arizona by BP Wind , Mohave Wind Energy, should be approved by January 2013.

Solar projects includes two CSP power plants, the 100 MW Quartzsite Solar Energy developed by Solar Reserve (to be approved by December 2012) and the 200 MW Moapa Solar Energy Center developed by RES America in Arizona (by December 2013); this project consists of 100 MW of PV capacity and 100 MW of CSP capacity. Two PV projects in California will be approved by December 2012, the 150 MW Desert Harvest Solar Energy developed by enXco and the 750 MW McCoy Solar Energy developed by RES America. A 350 MW PV plant is expected to be approved in March 2013, First Solar's Silver State South in Nevada.

When constructed by the companies, these projects are expected to generate enough renewable energy to power 2.3 million American homes.


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