solarCalling it a “major milestone,” the Obama administration has given the go ahead for the construction of the world’s largest solar power plant. The $6 billion Blythe Solar Power Project will be situated right in California’s Mojave Desert, and will allegedly double U.S. solar output while providing power to more than 300,000 homes.

A great day for our lovely planet, right? Not according to some environmentalists, who claim the project will interfere with the native wildlife. As such, the Department of the Interior has mandated that the project must provide funding “for more than 8,000 acres of desert tortoise, western burrowing owl, bighorn sheep and Mojave fringe-toed lizard habitat to mitigate the project’s impacts.”

Well, you can never please everyone. But at least you can please the 2,000 people whom the project is expected to employ, along with anyone stranded in the desert looking for a shady spot. Construction is due to begin later this year.

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World’s Largest Solar Plant Gets U.S. OK [MSNBC]

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