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Trump Approves First Solar’s Mega-Farm in California Desert

  • Proposed 450-megawatt farm will rise near Palm Springs
  • Trump has been vocal critic of renewable energy from wind, sun
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The Trump administration on Wednesday will announce the authorization of a roughly 3,000-acre solar farm near Palm Springs, California, after developers scaled back its size to help avoid threatened desert tortoises and cultural artifacts.

First Solar Inc.’s 450-megawatt Desert Quartzite project in eastern Riverside County has been praised by some environmentalists for its careful design on lands teeming with protected species and relics.