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Blythe Mesa Solar Power Project (CACA 053213) 

The following diagram shows the current progress for this proposed project with links to applicable project-related documents. The colored bar in the center indicates the items that have been completed or are currently underway. 


Federal Coordination Process              

Right-of-Way Grant -



  - Publication of Final EIR/EA
       Public Comment Period -  
  - Notice of Availability of Draft EIR/EA
Notice of Intent -  

Project Vitals

Proposed Location:   One mile north and south of U.S. Interstate-10 (I-10) and approximately three miles west of the City of Blythe, spanning private agricultural land in both an unincorporated area of Riverside County, California, and a portion within the boundary of the City of Blythe, California.

Electricity Production Capacity:   485 megawatts.

Company:   Renewable Resources Group

Acreage:    The project would use 3,587 acres of previously disturbed agricultural private land for construction and operations.

Status:     The joint EIR/EA for the project will be published on June 17, 2014.  Interested parties may also find further information on the California Energy Commission's website at http ://

Electrical Transmission Connection:   A 230 kV gen-tie line will connect the solar energy generating facility to the Southern California Edison Colorado River Substation, located approximately four miles from the southernmost portion of the project.

Public Comments

A 45-day public comment period for the Draft EIR/EA begins June 17, 2014 and ends Monday, August 4, 2014. BLM has scheduled a public meeting to aid the public's understanding of the project and to solicit written comments on the issues, concerns , potential impacts, alternatives, and mitigation measures that should be considered in writing the Final EIR/EA, which will be released later this year. The meeting is scheduled for: Thursday, July 10, 2014, 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. City of Blythe Multi-Purpose Room, 235 N. Broadway, Blythe, CA 92225.

Written comments will be accepted at the public meetings and may also be mailed, faxed or emailed to the following contacts:

Frank McMenimen, Project Manager
BLM Palm Springs - South Coast Field Office
1201 Bird Center Drive, Palm Springs CA, 92262
Phone: (760) 833-7150, Fax: (760) 833-7199

Larry Ross, Principal Planner 
Riverside County Planning Department
4080 Lemon Street, 12th Floor, Riverside CA, 92501
Phone: (951) 955-9294, Fax: (951) 955-1811

Authorization Documents

These are large pdfs. Please allow time to open.


Draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Assessment

Volume I 
Chapters 1-3: introduction, alternatives, affected environment 

Volume II
Chapters 4-7: environmental consequences, nepa, coordination, consultation, references

Volume III
Appendix A-C5:  notice, air quality/climate, biological, habitat, burrowing owl, avian/bat protection, federal waters 

Volume IV
Appendix D1-N: archaeology, transmission line, geotechnical, EDR data map, water supply, wash feature, paleontological, traffic, glare/reflection, land evaluation, consultation, airport land use


Related Links
BLM CDD Renewable Energy
Understanding the NEPA Process



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