Touting utility-scale solar installations, like in California, Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar told the Senate Environment Public Works Committee January 28 that both large-scale and rooftop photovoltaics are in the nation\u2019s near future. \u201cIt\u2019s not pie-in-the-sky stuff,\u201d Salazar said. \u201cI\u2019d show you the California plant\u201d producing tens of megawatts of solar power, he added. He reported that the Bureau of Land Management expects to permit 13 projects by December that would account for 4,567 MW and 40,000 jobs. Salazar also supported solar as a method to conserve water that would otherwise be used to cool fossil fuel-fired power plants. \u201cThe impact on the water supply is huge--in the billions of dollars in the West alone,\u201d Salazar claimed.