Palm Springs Field Office

Palen Photovoltaic Solar Project 

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 -



  - Record of Decision
Public Comment Period -  
  - Notification of Final EIS

  Publication of Final EIS -

  - Public Comment Period
Notice of Availability of Supplemental Draft EIS -  
  - Release of Supplemental Draft EIS
Notice of Intent -  

Project Vitals

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: EDF Renewable Development - Palen Solar III, LLC

Acreage:  3,896 acres

Status:  The original project proponent was sold to BrightSource Energy. BrightSource Energy has sold the project to EDF Renewable Development. 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 to the current proposed technology - solar photovoltaic.

For the current project please see the plan of development

Electrical Transmission Connection:  A re-routed 4.5-mile 230kV gen-tie line will connect the project to the Red Bluff Substation.

Public Comments 

Public Comment:  The public comment period began June 29, 2016 and will end on September 3, 2016 (30 days after the second public meeting).

Two public information meetings have been scheduled:

  • The first meeting was held on Wednesday, June 29, 2016, 3:30-5:30 at Palm Springs City Hall, 3200 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262
  • The second meeting will be held on Thursday, August 4, 2016, 3:30-5:30 at Palm Springs City Hall, 3200 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262

Please contact Jennifer Whyte, project manager, by email at or by phone at (303) 239-3708 for more information.

Historic Preservation - Section 106
A Citizen's Guide to Section 106
Reasonable and Good Faith Efforts
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
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