Published on July 25th, 2013 | by Jo Borrás12
US Halts Mining In Designated Solar Energy Zones
The US Department of the Interior has put a stop to new mining claims across 17 newly-defined “solar energy zones,” further emphasizing the Obama administration’s commitment to clean, sustainable energy.
The 17 “no mining” sites are spread across the western states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah. Each was selected as being an area of public land highly suited for solar developments thanks to high irradiation, access to planned and existing transmission lines, and the ability install large solar arrays with a minimal biological, cultural, and historical or “landmark” impact.
The ban on new mining claims in the 300,000-plus acre area is set to stay in place for a minimum of twenty years. This gives solar energy producers – who are successfully dropping solar energy costs and actively creating jobs as I type this — time to develop these areas for clean energy production that also doesn’t impact these areas’ historically low water tables as much as coal and nuclear plants do by diverting water that is sorely needed for crops and humans towards their cooling towers.
To sum up: no new, heavy-emission mines. Plenty of new, zero-emission solar power. I’d call that a big win, wouldn’t you?
Source | Photo: PV Magazine.