16 October 2009– Clark Energy and Acciona Solar, in partnership with the U.S. Army, signed a memorandum of understanding for an enhanced use lease (EUL) at Fort Irwin in California.
Clark and Acciona Solar Power were selected in June to develop a renewable energy project at the Army’s Mojave Desert installation. The project calls for development of more than 500 MW of solar power across multiple plants to be completed between 2013 and 2022 and is expected to cost $2 billion.
The EUL uses private capital to fund installation costs in exchange for long-term leases of Army land. The project also enables the Army to address energy security issues at Fort Irwin, which is home to the Army’s heavy maneuver Combat Training Center and NASA’s Goldstone Deep Space Complex, at no additional cost to the taxpayer.
Over the next 90 days, Clark and Acciona Solar Power will begin rigorous environmental impact studies and reviews in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
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Clark, Acciona to develop 500 MW solar project