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Bureau Of Land Management Approves Solar Power Project South Of Buckeye

The Bureau of Land Management has approved a right-of-way request for an array of solar panels near Buckeye.

The project covers about 3,000 acres in the Rainbow Valley and is expected to produce enough electricity to power more than 90,000 homes.

Sonoran Solar Energy plans to not only produce solar but also to store it.

The battery-storage infrastructure required BLM approval, which the agency granted.

The project has been in the works for about a decade, which means it was approved during the Obama administration.

But the BLM noted in a press release that it aligns with the Biden administration’s climate goals.

Ron Dungan has lived in Arizona for more than 35 years. He has worked as a reporter, construction worker, copy editor, designer and freelance writer. He's a graduate of the University of Iowa, where he was a member of the undergraduate Writers’ Workshop, and has a master’s in history from Arizona State University.Dungan was an outdoors reporter and member of the storyteller team at the Arizona Republic, where he won several awards, and was a contributor on a border project that won the 2018 Pulitzer for explanatory reporting.When not working, Dungan enjoys books, gardening, hanging out with his German shorthaired pointer, backpacking and fly-fishing. He's a fan of the Arizona Cardinals and Iowa Hawkeyes.