Approved Renewable Energy logo showing wind, solar, geothermal energy and transmission lines.Renewable Energy Projects

The U.S. Department of the Interior and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) have begun a rapid and responsible move to large-scale renewable energy production on public lands. In 2010, the Secretary of the Interior approved the first large-scale solar energy plants ever to be built on public lands, six of which were in California. Below is a list of renewable energy projects approved by the BLM in California since 2010.

More information on California’s current projects can be found on the Pending Renewable Energy Applications page.


 Solar

Project

Megawatts

BLM Acres

Homes Powered

Peak Construction Jobs

Operations Jobs

Mitigation Acres#

Annual Rent

Public Land Projects

Blythe Solar Power Project*

968

7,025

300,000-750,000 

1,004

 221

8,093+

$8,564,767 

Desert Harvest Solar Farm

150

1,208

45,000- 112,500

250

8

2,084+

$1,257,353

Desert Sunlight Solar Farm Project

550

4,144

165,000-412,500

630

15 

6,140+

$4,198,110 

Genesis Solar Energy Project

250 

1,950

75,000-187,500

1,085

65 

2,045+

$2,254,566 

Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System

370 

3,471

111,000-277,500

959

90 

3,582

$2,866,764 

McCoy Solar Energy Project

750

4,395

225,000- 562,500

600

20

 4,557+

 $5,401,501

Ocotillo Sol

20

100

6,000- 15,000 

120

3

600

$139,640

Stateline Solar Farm Project

300

1,685

90,000-225,000

200

12

5,055

 $1,804,915

Subtotal

3,358

23,978

1,017,000-2,542,500

4,848

434

32,156+

$26,487,616

Private Land Projects with BLM Transmission

Abengoa Mojave Solar Project

250 

154

75,000-187,500

1,162

63 

<175

$17,579 

Campo Verde Solar Project

140

8

42,000-105,000

250

6

 48

$1,271

Centinela Solar Energy Project

275

19

82,500-206,250

360

6

 80+

$3,096

Imperial Solar Energy Center South

200 

19

60,000-150,000 

250

17

$2,895 

Imperial Solar Energy Center West

250

65

75,000-187,500

285 

82

$10,625 

Rice Solar Energy

150

150

45,000-112,500

440

50

327+

$100,320

Total

4,623 

 24,393

1,396,500-3,491,250

7,595

568

32,885+

$26,623,402

#Mitigation acres only capture compensatory mitigation required by the BLM. Projects are also subject to measures to minimize or avoid impacts to sensitive resources, as well as compensatory mitigation measures required by state agencies. Numbers are subject to change.
*Projects  undergoing a right-of-way amendment process.

 Wind

Project

Megawatts

BLM Acres

Homes Powered

Peak Construction Jobs

Operations Jobs

Mitigation Acres#

Annual Rent

Public Land Projects

Alta East Wind Project

153 

1,999 

45,900- 114,750

262 

15 

437+ 

$523,530 

Ocotillo Wind Energy Facility

315

12,436

94,500-236,250

350

20

128+

$1,308,825

Tule Wind Energy Project

186

12,360

55,800-139,500

325

12

507+

$785,295

Total

654

26,795

196,200-490,500

937

47

1,072+

$2,517,650

#Mitigation acres only capture compensatory mitigation required by the BLM. Projects are also subject to measures to minimize or avoid impacts to sensitive resources, as well as compensatory mitigation measures required by state agencies. Numbers are subject to change.

 Geothermal

Project

Megawatts

Acres

Homes Powered

Peak Construction Jobs

Operations Jobs

Mitigation Acres#

Annual Royalties

Public Land Projects

Casa Diablo IV

40 

90

9,900- 24,750

182 

$700,000

Total

40

90

9,900- 24,750

182

6

-

$700,000

#Mitigation acres only capture compensatory mitigation required by the BLM. Projects are also subject to measures to minimize or avoid impacts to sensitive resources, as well as compensatory mitigation measures required by state agencies. Numbers are subject to change.

  

 Transmission Projects

Devers-Palo Verde No.2 Transmission Project
Barren Ridge Transmission Project
Eldorado-Ivanpah Transmission Project
SDG&E ECO Substation Project

 

 Renewable Energy Planning

West Chocolate Mountains Renewable Energy Evaluation Area
Solar Energy Development Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement