Solar Industry Response to Draft Supplemental Solar PEIS

Rhone Resch, President and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), released the following statement on the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) draft supplemental Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) for solar energy development released by the Department of the Interior

WASHINGTON – Rhone Resch, President and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), released the following statement on the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) draft supplemental Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) for solar energy development released by the Department of the Interior today:


"For solar energy to continue working for America, the U.S. must develop its abundant solar resources in the American Southwest, including development of projects on public lands. The Solar PEIS will set the rules of the game for project development over the next 20 years and it is critical that we get it right.

"While we are still reviewing all of the details in this proposal, there are some significant areas of concern regarding the viability of a solar-energy zone approach. Siting flexibility and access to transmission are key to the financing and development of utility-scale solar power plants. Both aspects must be reflected in the final PEIS.

"Going forward, I am optimistic that a balanced approach can be found. The BLM has done a commendable job permitting solar power projects over the last two years. We look forward to engaging with BLM and other stakeholders in this process to continue that momentum and ensure the industry's perspective is heard."

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