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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
California Desert District
 
Release Date: 09/16/11
Contacts: David Briery , (951) 697-5220  
News Release No. CDD-11-78

BLM Initiates Environmental Review of Solar Project in Riverside County


The Bureau of Land Management has published a Notice of Intent (NOI) to conduct an environmental review of a proposed 150-megawatt solar project near Desert Center in Riverside County, Calif.

enXco has requested a right-of-way (ROW) to develop the Desert Harvest Solar Project, a photovoltaic generating facility with a footprint of approximately 1,280 acres. The overall site layout and generalized land uses would include a substation, an administration building, operations and maintenance facilities, a transmission line, and temporary construction lay down areas.

The project's 230-kilovolt (kV) generation-interconnection transmission line would either be via the First Solar Desert Sunlight 230-kV gen-tie (as a shared facility), or would be located on private and BLM-administered lands and would utilize a planned 230- to 500-kV substation (referred to as the Red Bluff Substation). The Red Bluff Substation would connect the project to the Southern California Edison regional transmission grid.

The BLM will prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) to analyze the site-specific impacts of the proposed ROW grant and a proposed amendment to the California Desert Conservation Area Plan.  If approved, construction would begin in late 2013 and would take 9-12 months to complete.

Publication of the NOI initiates a public scoping period of 30 days, ending Oct. 17, 2011. During the scoping period, the BLM solicits public comment on issues, concerns, potential impacts, alternatives, and mitigation measures that should be considered in the analysis of the proposed action.  Comments on issues may be submitted in writing until Oct. 17, 2011. The date(s) and location(s) of any scoping meetings will be announced at least 15 days in advance through the local news media, newspapers and the BLM Web site at: http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/palmsprings/Solar_Projects.html. In order to be included in the Draft EIS, all comments must be received prior to the close of the scoping period or 15 days after the last public meeting, whichever is later.
 
For further information and/or to have your name added to our mailing list, contact Lynnette Elser, Planning and Environmental Coordinator, (951) 697-5233; 22835 Calle San Juan de Los Lagos, Moreno Valley, CA 92553; or e-mail lelser@blm.gov.




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Last updated: 09-16-2011