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California Desert District
Release Date: 05/29/12
Contacts: David Briery , (951) 697-5220 or  
  Stephen Razo , (951) 697-5217  
News Release No. CDD-12-50

BLM Announces the Availability of Draft Environmental Document for Proposed McCoy Solar Energy Project Near Blythe

The Bureau of Land Management today published a notice of availability of a Draft Environmental Impact Statement and a draft land-use plan amendment to analyze the impacts of the proposed McCoy Solar Energy Plant in Riverside County, Calif.

McCoy Solar, LLC requested authorization to construct, operate, maintain, and decommission a photovoltaic solar facility that could generate up to 750 megawatts of power with ancillary facilities including a generation-tie (gen-tie) line, access road and switch yard. The precise generation capacity will depend on the technology selected and efficiencies available at the time of a rights-of-way authorization. 

The MSEP would require approximately 7,700 acres of public lands.  The solar power plant area itself would require about 4,893 acres.  The proposed 16-mile gen-tie line, with a ROW width of 100 feet, would require approximately 200 acres of public and private lands. The proposed 20 acre-switch yard would be adjacent to, and connect into, Southern California Edison’s Colorado River Substation.  The MSEP site would be approximately 13 miles northwest of the City of Blythe, Calif. and approximately 32 miles east of Desert Center.

The BLM, as the lead agency under the National Environmental Policy Act, prepared both a DEIS to analyze the site-specific impacts of the proposed project and a draft California Desert Conservation Area Plan Amendment.  The DEIS analyzed the site-specific impacts on air quality, biological resources, cultural resources, water resources, geological resources and hazards, hazardous materials handling, land use, noise, wilderness characteristics, visual resources and transmission system engineering, and transmission line safety. 

Publication of the NOA initiates a public comment period of 90 days, ending Aug. 23, 2012.  During the comment period, the BLM will solicit public comments on planning issues, concerns, potential impacts, alternatives, and mitigation measures that should be considered in the analysis of the proposed action.  The BLM will hold two public meetings to be announced later.  The BLM is accepting comments on the DEIS for use in preparing the proposed plan amendment and final EIS at, or fax (951) 697-5229, or Jeffrey Childers, Project Manager, BLM California Desert District Office, 22835 Calle San Juan de Los Lagos, Moreno Valley, CA 92553.

Further details on the proposed MSEP project can be found at the following website:  For information, contact Jeffery Childers at (951) 697-5308, or e-mail


California Desert District   22835 Calle San Juan de Los Lagos, Moreno Valley, CA 92553  

Last updated: 05-29-2012