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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
California Desert District
 
Release Date: 07/14/09
Contacts: Stephen Razo , 951-697-5217 , srazo@ca.blm.gov
  David Briery , 951-697-5220 , dbriery@ca.blm.gov
News Release No. CA-CDD-09-55

BLM Schedules Public Scoping Meetings for Solar Project in California Desert


The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will hold public scoping meetings as part of an environmental review on the impacts of the proposed Lucerne Valley Solar Project in San Bernardino County, Calif.  Chevron Energy Solutions has applied to the BLM for a right-of-way (ROW) on public lands to construct the solar photovoltaic power plant on approximately 516 acres about eight miles east of the community of Lucerne Valley.

BLM public scoping meetings will be held July 29 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at the Lucerne Valley Community Center, 33187 Highway 247 East, Lucerne Valley CA 92356 and July 30 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at the Family Life Public Enterprise Center, Conference Room 13, 1505 W. Highland Ave, San Bernardino CA 92411. The meetings will be part of a 30-day public scoping period that will begin later this week with publication in the Federal Register of the Notice of Intent (NOI) to conduct the environmental review.

During the scoping period, BLM solicits public comment on issues, concerns, potential impacts, alternatives, and mitigation measures that should be considered in the analysis of the proposed action.  The agency then
will use the public scoping comments in preparing the draft environmental documents, which are anticipated to be available for public review in late 2009.

BLM, as the lead agency under the National Environmental Policy Act, prepares the environmental impact statement (EIS) to analyze the site-specific impacts of the ROW application and a possible amendment to the California Desert Conservation Area Plan.  The EIS will analyze the site-specific impacts on air quality, biological resources, cultural resources, water resources, geological resources and hazards, hazardous materials handling, land use, noise, and visual resources and transmission system engineering and transmission line safety. 

If approved by the BLM, construction of the 45-megawatt (MW) thin-film photovoltaic project is proposed to begin December 1, 2010. The project would be constructed in two phases.  Phase I would consist of up to 180,000 photovoltaic panels with a generating capacity of 20 MW.  Phase II, with a generating capacity of 25 MW, would be similarly configured. 

Related structures would include the construction of a new switchyard, control/maintenance building, and parking area.  This facility would be accessed through an adjacent county road.  A BLM open route on the project site may be realigned, but would remain designated as an open route.  This solar project would be connected to an existing adjacent 33-kiloVolt (kV) distribution system.

Further details can be found at www.ca.blm.gov/barstow.  Please e-mail any questions to LucerneSolar@blm.gov.




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