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 -  
  - 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 on the Palen site was proposed by Solar Millenium. The application was subsequently acquired by BrightSource Energy, and has now been acquired by EDF Renewable Development. The BLM is preparing a Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement to analyze the environmental impacts of the newly proposed solar photovoltaic technology.

Palen Project 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.

Project Location

Site Location

Public Comments 

Public Comment:  Two public information meetings have been held:

  • 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 was held on Thursday, August 4, 2016, 3:30-5:30 at Palm Springs City Hall, 3200 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262

The BLM is requesting public comments related to this proposal by September 3, 2016 (30 days after the second public meeting).

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

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Palm Springs - South Coast Field Office
1201 Bird Center Drive
Palm Springs, California 92262
Phone: (760) 833-7100
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