Bloomberg Law
Jan. 9, 2020, 11:01 AM

Massive Desert Solar Project ‘Experiment’ in Tortoise Survival

Bobby Magill
Bobby Magill

The proposed largest solar power plant in the U.S. will be a major experiment in the survival of the threatened Mojave desert tortoise, scientists say.

The Bureau of Land Management is expected to approve by the end of March the 690-megawatt Gemini Solar Project, a photovoltaic and battery-storage power plant slated to be built by Arevia Power on more than 7,100 acres of federal public land in Nevada, about 30 miles northeast of Las Vegas.

The project would provide carbon-free electricity to about 400,000 homes in the Las Vegas area and help Nevada meet its goal of producing 50% ...

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