Salazar said the bureau was already considering environmental reviews for two projects in Nevada. The NextLight Silver State South would have a solar array producing 267 megawatts, and NextLight Silver State North would produce about 140 megawatts.
Salazar said the two plants combined would produce more electricity than a "mid-sized" coal-fired plant that can produce 350 megawatts.
Here's a math problem for you: If the sun shines on the Earth at (about) 1 kw per square foot at noon at the equator at the equinox on a perfectly clear day, how much habitat is necessary to produce 350 megawatts (average over 24 hours) of solar energy, assuming a 15% conversion rate and the reduced solar energy at 35 degrees north latitude (the location of the Mojave Desert). You may also assume summer solstice.