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/
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 public comment period for the Final EIS opens May 30 and closes June 30, 2014.
The public comment period for the Draft EIS closed March 24, 2014.
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For more information, contact the Bureau of Land Management, Palm Springs-South Coast Field Office at (760) 833-7100 or email CAPSSolarBlythe@blm.gov