Palm Springs Field Office

Palen Solar Electric Generating System

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:  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 Comments 

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.

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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