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Genesis Solar Power Project (CACA 48880)

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
Operational -  



- Under Construction

Right-of-Way Grant -  

- Record of Decision

Public Comment Period -  
  - Notification of Final EIS
Publication of Final EIS -  
  - Public Comment Period
Notice of Availability of Draft EIS -  
  CEC-BLM Staff Assessment/Draft EIS
Notice of Intent -  

Project Vitals

Genesis Solar LLC, a Delaware limited liability company and wholly owned subsidiary of NextEraTM Energy Resources LLC, has constructed the Genesis Solar Energy Project in Riverside County.  The project is a concentrated solar electric generating facility.

The project consists of two independent solar electric generating facilities with a nominal net electrical output of 125 megawatts (MW) each, for a total net electrical output of 250 MW.  Electrical power is produced using steam turbine generators fed from solar steam generators. The solar steam generators receive heated transfer fluid from solar thermal equipment comprised of arrays of parabolic mirrors that collect energy from the sun.

The project site is located approximately 25 miles west of the city of Blythe, California, on lands managed by the BLM.  The project is an undeveloped area of the Sonoran Desert. Surrounding features include the McCoy Mountains to the east, the Palen Mountains (including the Palen/McCoy Wilderness Area) to the north, and Ford Dry Lake, a dry lakebed, to the south.  Interstate-10 (I-10) is located to the south of the project site. The Chuckwalla Mountains and Little Chuckwalla Mountains Wilderness Areas are also located farther south-southwest.

Construction Documents

Notice to Proceed, Signed 6/27/12
Notice to Proceed in Implementing Unit 1 Buried Resource Phase I and II Mitigation Plan, Signed 5/11/12
Buried Resource Phase I and II Mitigation Plan, 5/11/12 (Redacted)

Notice to Proceed, Signed 3/21/12

Notice to Implement Controlled Grading Plan, 2/24/12

Notice to Proceed, Signed 2/14/12
Notice to Proceed, Signed 8/24/11
Notice to Proceed, Signed 12/10/10

Authorization Documents

Right of Way Grant

Record of Decision
Appendix 2- Determination of NEPA Adequacy
Appendix 3- Protest Negotiation Letter
Appendix 4- Biological Opinion
Appendix 5- Programmatic Agreement
Appendix 6- Compliance Monitoring Plan
Appendix 7- Maps

Final EIS

Vol. 1 Chapters 1-2 
1: Cover sheet, Dear Reader Letter, Abstract, Relationship to the Genesis Solar Energy Project Staff Assessment and Draft Environmental Impact Statement, Table of Contents, Executive Summary, Introduction and Purpose and Need;
2: Proposed Action and Alternatives
105 pages; 1.11 MB

Vol. 1 Chapter 3 
Affected Environment; 197 pages; 1.35MB

Vol. 1 Chapter 4 
Environmental Consequences; 288 pages; 1.52MB

Vol. 1 Chapter 5 
Consultation, Coordination and Public Involvement; Acronyms; Abbreviations; Glossary of Terms; References; Index; 153 pages; 665 KB 
Vol. 2 Appendix A 
Figures/Maps; 60 pages; 12.7 MB
Vol. 2 Appendix B-C 
B: Federal Laws, Regulations and Executive Orders; 22 pages
C: Results of Scoping; 38 pages; 261 KB
Vol. 2 Appendix D 
Cultural Resources; 141 pages; 3.71 MB
Vol. 2 Appendix E 
Detailed Biological Cumulative Impact Analysis; 72 pages; 5.25 MB
Vol. 2 Appendix F 
Visual Resources; 9 pages; 3.41 MB
Vol. 2 Appendix G 
Conditions of Certification; 140 pages; 816 KB
Vol. 3 Appendix H 
Comment letters; 479 pages; 20 MB

Draft EIS

CEC-BLM Staff Assessment / Draft EIS

Related Links
BLM CDD Renewable Energy
Understanding the NEPA Process


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