AP News discusses the biggest US solar project approved in Nevada despite critics. The Trump administration announced final approval Monday of the largest solar energy project in the U.S. and one of the biggest in the world despite objections from conservationists who say it will destroy thousands of acres of habitat critical to the survival of the threatened Mojave desert tortoise in Nevada.
Grist discusses the same solar project. The Trump administration yesterday gave its final approval for the $1 billion Gemini project, a planned massive solar power plant on public lands northeast of Las Vegas. When built, the Gemini project will be the biggest solar installation in the United States, and the eighth-largest in the world. It will provide enough energy to power all 225,000 of the homes in Sin City, with more to spare.
Analysts have expected the Interior Department to approve the project since January, pending a final 90-day public comment period. Trump generally doesn’t show much love for renewables — he’s gone on bizarre tirades about the ostensible problems with wind turbines and has levied high tariffs on imported solar panels — but his administration has generally approved of energy development on public lands, renewable or (more often) otherwise.