On Tuesday, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced the approval of the Chokecherry and Sierra Madre Wind Energy Project in Wyoming - potentially the largest wind farm project in the United States.
The development aims at a thousand wind turbines across 350 square miles of land just south of Rawlins. Experts says the wind project could provide electricity to over a million homes and boost the resume of the United States in terms of renewable energy resources.
According to Salazar, construction may already begin next year, and the project is expected to work in a three-year time frame. The Wyoming wind farm project is just one of seven renewable energy developments announced by the US Department of the Interior.
Other developments will also tap solar energy. This includes the Silver State Solar South Project in Nevada which is project to produce up to 350-megawatts of power; and a 100-megawatt solar energy plan in the neighboring state of Arizona.
Many of these projects will take up millions of acres of land under the Bureau of Land Management. The renewable energy developments could also spur tourism in the American West upon completion, as world-class infrastructure landmarks similar to the Hoover Dam.
The expected 3,000 megawatts to be generate by the Chokecherry and Sierra Madre Wind Energy Project will power up to 3 million homes. Construction of the wind farm itself will also create 1,000 jobs, and around 114 permanent work positions once the project is completed.
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