Interior Secretary Jewell announces renewable energy projects

June 03, 2013

A new large-scale renewable energy project is coming to Arizona. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced Monday details of the Quartzsite Solar Project, and two other solar plants in Nevada. When built, Jewell said they are expected to generate enough electricity to power nearly 200,000 homes.

“These projects are helping power our nation, strengthen our economy, and diversify our energy portfolio. This is one of the most important things we can do at Interior as we work toward a clean energy future, a low-carbon economy, and addressing the risks of climate change," Jewell said.

 Neil Kornze, Deputy Director of Interior's Bureau Land Management, said Arizona is the perfect place to build a renewable energy facility.

"This is especially beneficial for Arizona, where peak electricity can continue after the sun goes down," said Kornze. "This means that this project can continue to put energy on the grid after twilight."

The Quartzsite Solar Project will be built in La Paz County and is expected to create more than 400 jobs. This is Jewell’s first major energy project announcement since she took over the secretary position in April. 

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