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California Desert District
Release Date: 04/08/10
Contacts: David Briery , (951) 697-5220  
  Stephen Razon , (951) 697-5217  
News Release No. CA-CDD-10-54

BLM Announces Workshop/Meetings for the Ridgecrest Solar Power Project

Joint California Energy Commission (CEC) and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) public workshops/meetings for the proposed Ridgecrest Solar Power Project in Kern County will be held Thursday and Friday, April 22 and 23, 2010, and Monday and Tuesday, May 3 and 4, at the Ridgecrest City Hall, 100 West California Avenue, Ridgecrest, CA 93555.  All meetings will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The BLM and CEC have recently released a draft plan amendment/environmental impact statement/staff assessment (DPA/DEIS/SA) for the proposed Ridgecrest Solar Power Project.  Publication in the Federal Register of the availability of the document is scheduled for tomorrow, Friday, April 9, initiating a 90-day review period ending Thursday, July 8, 2010.

Solar Millennium, LLC, proposes to develop, construct and operate a commercial 250-megawatt (MW) dry-cooling, parabolic trough, solar thermal, electric power plant facility on BLM-managed land approximately 5 miles west of the city of Ridgecrest.  The proposed disturbed area will be approximately 1,944 acres within the applied for ROW area of 3,995 acres.   The proposed project consists of two solar fields.  The north field will consist of 167 loops and the south field will consist of 119 loops (“loop” meaning a parallel pair of 1,300-foot long arrays of parabolic mirrors, or collectors). The facility footprint of the north field will be approximately 894 acres, and the south field will be approximately 554 acres for a total of 1,448 acres.  The solar fields will share a central power block located near the southwest corner of the north solar fields. 

The draft EIS includes a proposed amendment to the California Desert Conservation Area Plan.  The amendment analyzes 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, as well as transmission system engineering and safety.  

Only written comments will be accepted regarding the draft environmental documents.  For BLM, please submit to the California Desert District Office, Attn: Janet Eubanks, Project Manager, 22835 Calle San Juan De Los Lagos, Moreno Valley, CA 92553, or by email to; and/or to the CEC’s Project Manager, Eric Solorio, 1516 Ninth Street, MS–15, Sacramento, CA 95814, or by email  Further information about the environmental documents, including the documents themselves, is available from the BLM website at: or the CEC website:


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Last updated: 04-09-2010