Dry Lake Valley North Solar Energy Zone (SEZ) Solar Regional Mitigation Project
The Ely District, Caliente Field Office and Argonne National Laboratory are developing a Solar Offsite Mitigation Strategy for the Dry Lake Valley North Solar Energy Zone (SEZ). The 25,069-acre Dry Lake Valley North SEZ is located in north Dry Lake Valley, about 45 miles northeast of Alamo, Nevada. It is one of five solar energy zones, statewide.
In all, there are 17 SEZ in six western states, Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah. If fully built, projects within the designated zones could produce as much as 23,700 megawatts of solar energy, sufficient to serve approximately 7 million homes. The SEZ program also provides for solar development on about 19 million acres outside the zones or within so-called “variance zones,” on a case-by-case basis. The program includes a framework for regional mitigation plans and excludes nearly 79-million acres of public lands deemed inappropriate for solar development to protect key natural and cultural resources.
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