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Wind, solar projects in Arizona on fast track

The Obama administration has put two renewable energy projects in Arizona on the fast track.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Tuesday that the projects in Mohave County and Quartzsite are among seven in the West that will be expedited. Together, the projects are expected to produce nearly 5,000 megawatts of energy, or enough to power for 1.5 million homes.

The proposed Mohave County Wind Farm will be located on 38,000 acres of U.S. Bureau of Land Management land and nearly 9,000 acres managed by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. The target date for completing a federal permit and review decisions is January.

A proposed solar plant in Quartzsite has a slight earlier target date of December.

The plant would be located on 1,675 acres of BLM land.

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Michael Gossie is a competitive marathon runner, Ironman triathlete and award-winning journalist who has earned more than 50 awards for writing, editing and design. He studied economics at Elmira College in Elmira, N.Y., and put his entrepreneurial spirit to work in 2007, using a 200-year-old family recipe to launch an Italian sauce company. He is most proud of being the founding president of the Steuben Arc Foundation in Upstate New York, which serves individuals with developmental disabilities, including his sister.