The U.S. Department of the Interior has approved a $2-billion, 515-mile transmission line across New Mexico and Arizona that could deliver 3,000 megawatts of renewable energy to the grid, enough to power more than a million American homes.
The SunZia Southwest Transmission Project will support more than 6,000 jobs during construction and create more than 100 permanent jobs after it’s complete, Interior states.
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“SunZia will help carry New Mexico wind and solar to larger markets in the West,” Mariel Nanasi, executive director of New Mexico-based New Energy Economy told Climate Progress. “There is so much possibility with the advance of both utility scale and decentralized renewable energy generation to displace fossil fuels that are threatening our climate, health, and economy.”
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