Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack (CA-45) today applauded the announcement that the U.S. Department of Interior has approved the Solar Millennium, LLC, energy project. Bono Mack has been a leader in Congress on the issue of solar, alternative and renewable energy production and has worked tirelessly to support increased use of these technologies throughout the 45th Congressional District. The Blythe Solar Power Project is the largest solar energy project ever to be built on public lands and will be located eight miles west of Blythe, CA covering 7,025 acres of public land, according to Bono Mack.
"I am very pleased that the Department of the Interior has approved the Solar Millennium, LLC. Blythe Solar Power Project," said Bono Mack. "The installation of the Blythe Solar Power is a great milestone for our community. At its peak, this project will produce 1,000 mega-watts of much-needed energy and provide power to approximately 300,000 single-family homes and also create an estimated 1,066 construction jobs and 295 permanent jobs.
"Once constructed, the Blythe Solar Power Project will utilize the latest technology and more than double the solar electricity generating capacity in the United States, squarely placing the 45th Congressional district at the forefront of solar energy production. With its unique resources and open lands, the region is ideally suited to become a center of solar, wind and other forms of alternative energy production.
"The installation of this solar project is a significant milestone, for our community and the future of solar energy that will translate to jobs and economic development. I am proud Riverside County is now home to Solar Millennium and what will soon be the largest solar energy project on public lands. I look forward to continuing my work supporting this and other projects in Riverside County that will harness our local energy resources and help reduce our dependence on foreign oil."