CASE FILE NUMBERS: CACA-51645, CACA-523359
DOCUMENT NUMBERS: CA-670-2010-062, DOI-BLM-CA-D070-2011-0007
General Description of the Project
CSOLAR Development, LLC has submitted two right-of-way (ROW) applications. The first application is to construct, operate, and maintain a 230 kV transmission line, and the second application is for a road ROW across Federal lands along the Westside Main Canal. The electric generating facility would connect to the Imperial Valley Substation via 230 kV transmission line and access to the facility would be along the Westside Main Canal.
The Proposed Action consists of three primary components: 1) the construction and operation of the 200 Megawatt Imperial Solar Energy Center South solar energy facility; 2) the construction and operation of the electrical transmission lines that would connect from the solar power facility to the existing Imperial Valley substation; 3) the widening of an existing access road for ingress and egress to the Solar facility across Federal and private lands located along the west side of the Westside Main Canal. The electricity generation process associated with the Proposed Action would utilize solar technology to convert sunlight directly into electricity. As part of the project, the facility would interconnect to the utility grid at the 230 kV side of the Imperial Valley Substation via an approximately five-mile long transmission line. The proposed right-of-way (ROW) for the electrical transmission line corridor would be 120-feet wide. The project proponent is also requesting construction and operational access to the solar energy facility via use of an existing dirt road located along the west side of the Westside Main Canal, located within BLM and private lands .
The site of the proposed solar energy facility is located on 946.6 gross acres of privately-owned, undeveloped and agricultural lands, in the unincorporated Mt. Signal area of the County of Imperial, approximately eight miles southwest of the City of El Centro and south of the community of Seeley. The proposed transmission lines and access road would be located within the Yuha Desert, and within BLM’s Utility Corridor “N” of the California Desert Conservation Area plan. Imperial County is located in Southern California, bordering Mexico, west of Arizona, and east of San Diego County.
The comment period for the Imperial Solar Energy Center - South Final Environmental Impact Report / Environmental Assessment (FEIR/EA) has closed. All public comments on the FEIR/EA received by close of business on May 26, 2011 will be considered.
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For more information, contact the Bureau of Land Management El Centro Field Office.