The Times is correct about the Genesis Solar Project when it writes, "Solar power is a vital part of the move to clean, renewable energy as well as greater independence from foreign oil." Genesis will produce enough electricity for nearly 90,000 average homes and avoid putting more than 300,000 tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere every year.
Sadly, the term "fast track," which once described a proactive, priority-driven approach to breaking bureaucratic gridlock, has now become unfairly associated with cutting corners and adverse environmental and cultural impacts. All together, cultural and environmental studies and formal permitting of Genesis took more than two years, with about 10 federal and state agencies providing input.
Although fast-tracked solar projects were sent to the front of the permitting line, the impact reviews and mitigation processes were, and continue to be, as rigorous and as respectful as ever.