BLM Arizona has completed the scoping phase for an environmental impact statement (EIS) analysis on a proposal to construct and operate the Maricopa Solar Park, a photovoltaic solar project.
The proposed Maricopa Solar Park Project (AZA-35927) would be located on BLM-managed lands in Mobile Valley, north of Interstate 8, east of the Sonoran Desert National Monument, and about 8 miles west of the City of Maricopa in Maricopa County, Arizona.
Marisol Energy 2, LLC, a company specializing in photovoltaic solar development, proposes to use 1,730 acres of public land to build a power plant. The plant is projected to generate up to 300 megawatts of electricity.
The scoping period is a time for members of the public to provide comment on issues to be considered in preparing the EIS. The comments are compiled in the Scoping Report, which was released in February 2014.
Informal comments are welcome throughout the EIS process.
The BLM is now preparing a draft EIS with the goal of having it available for public review in summer 2014. Public meetings will be held after the draft EIS is released, during which the public can learn more about the project and comment on the draft.
Under terms adopted as part of the Solar Programmatic EIS, projects proposed to be built outside designated solar energy zones (SEZ) must go through a variance process. The Maricopa Solar Park Project site is not within a SEZ. The project proponents requested a variance, which was granted by the BLM Director in June 2013.
Click on the Documentation & Maps link in the box at upper right to see the variance application.
Comments on the Maricopa Solar Energy Park may be sent by mail to:
Maricopa Solar Park Project
BLM Arizona State Office
1 North Central Avenue, Suite 800
Phoenix, AZ 850004
Comments by email may be sent to:
Information on the scoping process and the project are available from Joe Incardine, national project manager, at (801) 539-4118.