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White House announces seven major renewable energy projects

Seven solar and wind energy projects will be expedited in public lands spread across four states in the United States as part of President Barack Obama’s "We Can’t Wait" initiative, which will produce nearly 5,000 megawatts of clean energy and generate jobs.

The projects will be built in the states of Arizona, California, Nevada, and Wyoming, covering a total of close to 300,000 acres of land managed by the Bureau of Land Management.

Overseeing the efforts is the Office of Management and Budget, as stated in a presidential executive order issued in March this year, which is expected to make the permitting and review process for infrastructure projects more efficient and effective.

BP Wind and Solar Reserve will build a wind and solar project, respectively, in Arizona. EnXco and NextEra will put one solar project each in California. RES Americas and First Solar are also building solar projects for Nevada. Power Company of Wyoming will raise a 230,000-acre wind project in the state.

“As part of President Obama’s all-of-the-above strategy to expand domestic energy production and strengthen the economy, we are working to advance smart development of renewable energy on our public lands,” said Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar.

In the past three years, the Department of the Interior has approved more utility-scale renewable energy projects on public lands than in the past two decades combined – a total of 31 new projects, the agency said.

“These seven proposed solar and wind projects have great potential to grow our nation’s energy independence, drive job creation, and power economies across the west,” Mr. Salazar added.

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