US land bureau under pressure from surging solar

A lack of local approval capacity is delaying solar build as the Bureau of Land Management scrambles to increase staff count and process priority projects.

A year ago, the U.S. Department of the Interior announced plans to speed up solar development on federal lands, pledging to reduce land rates, streamline project screening and expand approval teams.

The move aims to accelerate renewable energy deployment as attractive sites on commercial land become occupied and dwindling grid connection capacity delays projects. The Biden administration aimed to permit 25 GW of renewable energy on federal lands by 2025 and by March 2023 it had approved 8.2 GW of projects, mostly solar, data from the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) shows.

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Source: Reuters

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