On Monday, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar switched on the first-ever utility-scale solar facility on U.S. public land, delivering energy to about 10,000 homes in Nevada. The Enbridge facility, located 40 miles south of Las Vegas in the Mojave desert, marks the opening of 16 solar energy plants approved for construction on public lands as part of a 2009 sustainable energy package. “This is a landmark for America, a landmark for the solar industry and a landmark for how we use public lands,” Salazar said. The initiative will eventually produce enough electricity to power 2.3 million homes.
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