A Record of Decision (ROD) for the Quartzsite Solar Energy Project was signed on May 30, 2013. The ROD approves the use of 1,675 acres of BLM-managed land for development of a solar energy project.
Quartzsite Solar Energy, LLC, plans to construct a 100-megawatt solar-powered electrical generation facility about 10 miles north of Quartzsite and adjacent to Arizona State Route 95 in La Paz County. The generation plant, power line and ancillary facilities are approved for construction on BLM-administered land.
The proposed project would use concentrating solar “power tower” technology to capture the sun’s heat to make steam. The steam is to be used to power traditional steam turbine generators.
The solar power facility includes a 653-foot tower, which is to be the receiver of energy reflected from solar fields. The solar fields are made up of heliostats, which are a collection of mirrors. The project would also include a thermal energy storage system.
The ROD of decision includes an amendment to the BLM's Yuma Field Office Resource Management Plan to change the visual resource management classes in the area where the project is to be built.
BLM's project manager for the Quartzsite Solar Energy Project: