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Release Date: 02/01/13
Contacts: Dennis Godfrey (602) 417-9499    
  Eddie Arreola (602) 417-9505    

Plans for Solar Energy Project to be Unveiled to Public

Phoenix -- A proposed solar energy project near Maricopa, Arizona, will be the focus of a public meeting and open house on February 5.

When: 5:30 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, February 5, 2013.

Where: Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Course Clubhouse, 48456 West Highway 238, Maricopa.

Who: Marisol Energy 2, LLC, is hosting the meeting.

What: The Maricopa Solar Park Project is a 300-megawatt photovoltaic plant, proposed to be built on public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Information on the company, the project, and potential public involvement will be provided.

The proposed site is west of Maricopa and immediately north of the Sonoran Desert National Monument.

The meeting, which is required by the BLM’s Programmatic Solar standards, is an opportunity for the company to introduce itself, explain the proposed project, and collect informal information on public concerns and issues.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2014, the BLM generated $5.2 billion in receipts from public lands.

Last updated: 02-01-2013