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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
 
Release Date: 10/20/10
Contacts: David Briery , (951) 697-5220  
  Stephen Razo , (951) 697-5217  
News Release No. CDD1104

BLM Adds Joshua Tree Public Meeting for Desert Sunlight Solar Farm Project


The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has added a public meeting in Joshua Tree to gather input on issues that should be addressed in the Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed Desert Sunlight Solar Farm Project near Desert Center in Riverside County.

The additional meeting will be held Nov. 4 from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the Joshua Tree Community Center, 6171 Sunburst St., Joshua Tree, CA 92552.  Previously scheduled meetings include tonight, Oct. 20, at the Lake Tamarisk Community Center, 26251 Parkview Drive, Desert Center, CA 92269 and tomorrow, Oct. 21, at the University of California- Riverside, Palm Desert Campus, 75080 Frank Sinatra Drive, Palm Desert, CA 92211. The meeting in Desert Center will run from 6 to 9 p.m.  The meeting in Palm Desert will run from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Desert Sunlight Holdings, LLC has applied for a right-of-way (ROW) authorization covering approximately 4,500 acres on public lands for a 550-megawatt solar photovoltaic (PV) project with an interconnection to the Devers to Palo-Verde I 500-kilovolt (kV) distribution system.

As proposed by the company, the solar project would include the solar farm site (consisting of the main generation area, operations and maintenance facility, solar energy visitor center, an on- site substation and fencing), a 220-kV generation tie line, access routes and a new 500/220 kV substation at Red Bluff.

Information on the status of the proposal is available at http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/palmsprings/Solar_Projects.html. For further information and/or to have your name added to the mailing list, contact Allison Shaffer, Palm Springs-South Coast Field Office, 1201 Bird Center Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262, phone (760)-833-7100, fax (760) 833-7199, or email CAPSSolarFirstSolarDesertSunlight@blm.gov.

Potential issues to be addressed in the analysis include social and economic impacts; ground and surface water quantity and quality impacts; plant and animal species impacts, including special status species; impacts to cultural resources; and visual resource impacts.




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