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Salazar approves transmission for 250 MW solar project

US Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar has approved a transmission line on public lands connecting a 250 MW solar power project to the energy grid in California.

By Kari Williamson

The transmission line will connect to the Imperial Solar Energy Center West Project in Imperial County, and the project, which is proposed by CSOLAR Development LLC, is expected to create up to 285 jobs during construction and infuse up to US$5 million in sales tax revenue to the local government.

The above-ground 230 kV transmission line will carry power five miles to the existing Imperial Valley Substation and will be located on 65 acres of Interior-managed lands.

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