Proposed Location: 10 miles east of Desert Center along Interstate 10, approximately halfway between the cities of Indio and Blythe, in Riverside County, California.
Electricity Production Capacity: 500 megawatts
Company: BrightSource Energy - Palen Solar Holdings, LLC
Acreage: 3,896 acres
Status: The original project proponent was sold to BrightSource Energy. The BLM is currently in the process of preparing a Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement to analyze the Applicant’s proposed technology change from a solar thermal parabolic trough project to a solar thermal power tower project.
Electrical Transmission Connection: A re-routed 4.5-mile 230kV gen-tie line will connect the project to the Red Bluff Substation.
Public Comment: The public comment period for the Supplemental Draft EIS begins on July 26, 2013 and has been extended to end on November 14, 2013.
Two public comment meetings are currently scheduled:
- September 18, 2013, 6 - 8 p.m., University of Riverside, Palm Desert Campus, 75080 Frank Sinatra Drive, Palm Desert, CA 92211
- September 19, 1 - 3 pm, Palo Verde College, One College Drive, Blythe, CA 92225
Please contact the project manager, Frank McMenimen, at (760) 833-7150 for more information.