IEEFA: Utility-Scale Solar Underutilized

SOLAR INDUSTRY | The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has acreage set aside for utility-scale solar development on only 0.03% of the roughly 100 million acres it manages across the sun-rich Southwest, according to a recent report published by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA).

The report –Federal Land Agency Lags on Solar Development Approvals Across Southwest U.S.– urges “stronger direction from above” over state- and field-level BLM offices that may otherwise be resistant to approving permits for utility-scale solar installations on public lands.

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