Proposed Location: Two miles north of U.S. Interstate-10 (I-10) and eight miles west of the City of Blythe in an unicorporated area of Riverside County, California.
Electricity Production Capacity: 485 megawatts.
Company: NextEra Energy Resources, LLC.
Acreage: 4,138 acres of BLM land will be disturbed by project construction and operation.
Status: On August 30, 2013, the BLM published a Notice of Intent to Publish an Environmental Impact Statement for the Blythe Solar Power Project. NextEra Blythe Solar Energy Center, LLC, (the current Project applicant) has proposed conversion of the previously approved project from thermal solar to photovoltaic solar technology. Additional information will be posted as it becomes available. Interested parties may also find further information on the California Energy Commission's website at http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/blythe_solar/
Public Comment: The scoping period ends on September 30, 2013.
Electrical Transmission Connection: A 230kV gen-tie line will connect the solar energy generating facility to the Southern California Edison Colorado River Substation, located 5 miles to the southwest.
The Record of Decision for the project was published in the Federal Register. At this time, there are no longer any opportunities to comment on the project.
For more information, contact the Bureau of Land Management Palm Springs Field Office at (760) 833-7100 or email CAPSSolarBlythe@blm.gov