Palm Springs - South Coast Field Office

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

Decision Record -

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

Project Vitals

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 will use 3,587 acres of previously disturbed agricultural private land for construction and operations.

Status:     The project was approved on August 18, 2015.

Electrical Transmission Connection:   A 230 kV gen-tie line will cross public land to 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.


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
Email: fmcmenimen@blm.gov

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


Authorization Documents

Decision Record

Finding of No Significant Impact
 
Final Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Assessment
These are large pdfs. Please allow time to open. Documents are also available on the Riverside County Planning Department website.

Final EIR/EA Volume I  (14 MB)
Chapters 1-3: introduction, alternatives, affected environment 

Final EIR/EA Volume II (7 MB)
Chapters 4-7: environmental consequences, nepa, coordination, consultation, references
Final EIR/EA Volume III (38 MB)
Appendix A-C5: notice, air quality/climate, biological, habitat, burrowing owl, avian/bat protection, federal waters

Final EIR/EA Volume IV (38 MB)
Appendix D1-N: archaeology, transmission line, geotechnical, EDR data map, water supply, wash feature, paleontological, traffic, glare/reflection, land evaluation, consultation, airport land use

Final EIR/EA Volume V (71 MB)
Appendix O: public comments and responses
Final EIR/EA Volume VI (54 MB)
Appendix P-V: corrections, MMRP, fast track authorization, NOA/NOC, phase I ESA, burrowing owl, Soboba letter
 
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

 

 


Bureau of Land Management
Palm Springs - South Coast Field Office
1201 Bird Center Drive
Palm Springs, California 92262
Phone: (760) 833-7100
Fax: (760) 833-7199
Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., M-F
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