The US Bureau of Land Management (BLM), part of the Department of Interior, has advanced on 15 clean energy projects across the West, with two solar PV and storage plants operational in California.
One of the two projects that reached operational status in California is the 500MW Oberon solar, from developer Intersect Power, which includes 250MW of battery storage output.
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The developer secured construction approval for the project in July 2022 from the BLM, and shortly after that closed US$3.1 billion in project financing for a portfolio of 2.2GW near-term projects, of which Oberon solar was a part of it.
The other project that is fully operational, Arlington Solar Energy Center, is also located in Riverside County. It has 364MW of solar capacity and 242MW of battery energy storage and was developed by NextEra Energy, which brought online another solar-plus-storage power plant nearby last year with 485MW solar capacity.
In Arizona, the BLM started an environmental analysis of a 700MW solar and battery energy storage system project, dubbed Ranegras Plains Energy Center Project, which is wholly owned by solar developer Savion.
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