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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
California Desert District
 
Release Date: 04/15/11
Contacts: Stephen Razo , 951-697-5217 or srazo@ca.blm.gov  
News Release No. CDD-11-34

BLM Announces Final Environmental Review for Solar Project in Riverside County


The Bureau of Land Management today released the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Desert Sunlight Solar Farm Project in Riverside County, Calif.

Desert Sunlight Holding, LLC has requested a right-of-way (ROW) authorization to construct a 550-megawatt photovoltaic solar generating facility, transmission line and associated facilities on about 4,165 acres of public lands near the rural community of Desert Center and Interstate 10. The project would connect to the planned Red Bluff substation, which would connect the project to the Southern California Edison regional transmission grid.

The BLM’s preferred alternative in the final EIS is the proposed action, which consists of the power generation site, a gen-tie line which parallels Kaiser Road, the substation and an access road. If approved, construction would begin in late 2011. An amendment to the California Desert Plan would also be required.

Publication of the final EIS and proposed plan amendment initiates a 30-day protest period on the proposed plan amendment, a necessary step before the project can be approved. Details on filing a protest can be found in the Federal Register Notice http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/info/fed_reg_archives/2011/april/desert_sunlight_feis.html or in the FEIS, available online http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/palmsprings/Solar_Projects.html.




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