US Department of the Interior has given its consent to BP Wind Energy North America for the development of the 500MW Mohave County wind farm state of Arizona.
The wind farm to be built on federal lands comprises 35,000 acres of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land and 2,800 acres of Bureau of Reclamation land.
It will have 243 wind turbines generating enough power to cater to the needs of 175,000 houses.
The approval is in compliance with US President Barack Obama’s strategy to cut down carbon pollution by approving renewable projects of 10GW. The new program is in addition to 10GW of projects planned previously on federal lands by 2020.
US Department of Interior has approved 46 wind, solar and geothermal utility-scale projects on public lands since 2009 including Mohave wind farm.
Commenting on the developments, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell remarked:"These are exactly the kind of responsible steps that we need to take to expand homegrown, clean energy on our public lands and cut carbon pollution that affects public health."
In addition, the project is expected to create 750 jobs through construction and operations.
However, the federal government has outlined conditions for the development that includes ban on installation of turbines within designated sensitive areas and providing a 1.2-mile buffer zone to protect the nests.