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Renewable Energy Projects Approved Since the Beginning of Calendar Year 2009

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) continues to work on environmentally responsible development of utility-scale renewable energy projects on the public lands as part of the Administration's efforts to diversify the Nation's energy portfolio.  The BLM had not approved any solar energy projects on the public lands prior to 2009, but had approved some wind energy and geothermal projects on the public lands.  Total megawatt (MW) capacity of wind energy and geothermal projects approved on the public lands prior to 2009 included 566 MWs of wind energy and 942 MWs of geothermal.  Approvals since 2009 have included 8,786 MWs of solar energy, 4,767 MWs of wind energy, and 605 MWs of geothermal, for a total of 13,957 MWs of additional capacity. 

The table below indicates the locations and other details regarding the renewable energy projects approved on BLM public lands since 2009, including some "connected action" projects on private lands that required BLM approvals for off-site facilities (transmission lines, access, etc.).  Projects highlighted in green are already in operation and projects highlighted in tan are under construction.  Projects in italics have been terminated.  Clicking on hyperlinked project titles will take you to more information about an individual project.  Hyperlinked approval dates link to the corresponding Record of Decision (ROD) or Finding of No Significant Impact/Decision Record (FONSI/DR) for an individual project. 


   Solar Energy Projects 

            Project Name           
[Developer]
(Location)

Technology

Potential
Output
(MW)

BLM Acreage

Peak Jobs

Approval
Date

 StatusAnticipated Operational Date

Information
Products

Imperial Valley Solar Project
[Tessera Solar North America]
(Imperial County, CA)

 Originally planned as solar engine

709

6,360

 N/A

 10/5/10

Authorization terminated at request of developer

N/A

 Map

Lucerne Valley Solar Project
[Chevron Energy Solutions]
(San Bernardino County, CA) 

Thin film PV

45

516

48 

 10/5/10

Terminated effective 12/31/2012

N/A

Map

Silver State Solar Energy Project (North)
[First Solar, Inc.]
(Clark County, NV)

Thin film PV

50

618

310

10/12/10

In operation

Operations began in May 2012

Fact sheet

Map

Ivanpah Solar Electric
Generating System (SEGS
)
[BrightSource Energy]
(San Bernardino County, CA)

Power tower

370

3,472

2,100

10/17/10

In operation

Operations began
in December 2013

Fact sheet

Map

Calico Solar Energy Project
[acquired by K Road Power]
(San Bernardino County, CA)

 Originally solar dish; changing to PV

 663.5

 4,604

 536

 10/20/10

 Authorization terminated at request of developer

 N/A

Fact sheet

Map

Blythe Solar Power Project
[Solar Millennium, LLC]
(Riverside County, CA)

Originally parabolic trough; changing to PV 

 1,000

7,025

 1,361

 10/22/10

 Proposal amended for technology change, new NEPA required

Final EIS for amended proposal released 5/30/14

Fact sheet

Map

Genesis Solar Energy Project
[Solar Millenium, LLC]
(Riverside County, CA)

 Parabolic trough

 250

 4,640

1,135 

 11/4/10

 In operation

Operations began in November 2013 

 Fact sheet

Map

Amargosa Farm Road Solar Project
[Solar Millennium, LLC]
(Nye County, NV)

 Parabolic trough

464

 4,350

1,370 

11/15/10

Authorization terminated at request of developer

N/A

 Map

Crescent Dunes Solar Project
[SolarReserve, LLC]
(Nye County, NV)

 Power tower

 110

 1,600

 550

 12/20/10

 Construction completed; running tests

 2014

 Fact sheet

Map 

Abengoa Mojave Solar
[Mojave Solar] 
(Riverside County, CA)

Parabolic trough

250

0
(connected action)

890

7/11/11

Under
construction

2014

 Fact Sheet

Map

Imperial Solar Energy Center (CSolar) South
[LightSource Renewables]
 (Imperial County, CA)

Thin film PV

200

0
(connected action)

 255

7/14/11

In operation

Operations began in November 2013

Fact Sheet

Map

Desert Sunlight Solar Farm
[First Solar Development, Inc.] 
(Riverside County, CA)

Thin film PV

550

4,165

645

8/9/11

Under
construction

November 2014

Fact Sheet

Map

C Solar West
[LightSource Renewables]
(Imperial County, CA)

Thin film PV

250

0
(connected action)

290

8/23/11

Approved

January 2015

Fact Sheet

Map

Rice Solar Energy
[Rice Solar Energy, LLC]
(Riverside County, CA)

 Power tower

150

 0
(connected action)

 500

12/8/11

Approved 

 2014

Fact Sheet

Map

Sonoran Solar Project
[NextEra Energy Resources, LLC]
(Maricopa County, AZ)

PV

300

 4,000

 374

12/20/11

Approved

Pending power purchase agreement

 Fact Sheet

Map

Centinela Solar Energy Project
[Centinela Solar Energy, LLC]
(Imperial County, CA)

PV

275

0
(connected action)

 367

12/28/11

Under construction

2014

Fact Sheet

Map

Moapa Solar Project         
[K Road Power]
(Clark County, NV)

PV

350

0
(2,000 acres of Tribal land)

400

6/21/12

Under construction

2014

Fact Sheet

Map

Campo Verde Solar Project
[Campo Verde Solar, LLC]
(Imperial County, CA)

PV

139

0
(connected action)

250

9/26/12

In operation

Operations began in October 2013

Fact Sheet

Map

Copper Mountain Solar III Project
[Sempra]
(Clark County, NV)

PV

220

0
(connected action)

 

2/14/13

Approved

2014

Fact Sheet

Mountain View Solar Project
[NextEra]
(Clark County, NV)

PV

20

0
(connected action)

 

2/14/13

Under construction

2014

Map

Desert Harvest Solar Project
[EDF Renewable]
(Riverside East SEZ, Riverside County, CA)

PV

150

1,208

 250

3/13/13

Approved

2014

Fact Sheet

Map

McCoy Solar Project
[NextEra]
(Riverside East SEZ, Riverside County, CA)

PV

750

7,700

503

3/13/13

 Approved

2015

 Fact Sheet

Map

Techren Solar
[Techren]
(Clark County, NV)

PV

300

0
(connected action)

375

3/21/13

Approved

2014

Fact Sheet

Map

Quartzsite Solar
[Quartzsite Solar Energy]
(La Paz County, AZ)

Power
tower

100

1,675

438

5/30/13

Approved

2015

Fact Sheet

Map

Midland Solar
[Boulder Solar Power]
(Clark County, NV)

PV

350

0
(connected
action)

350

5/30/13

Approved

2014

Fact Sheet

Map

Stateline Solar
[First Solar]
(San Bernardino County, CA)

PV

300

1,685

400

2/14/14

Approved

2014

Fact Sheet

Map

Silver State Solar South
[First Solar]
(Clark County, NV)

PV

250

2,400

350

2/14/14

Approved

2014

Fact Sheet

Map

Ocotillo Sol Solar
[San Diego Gas and Electric]
(Imperial County, CA)

PV

20

100

120

4/7/14

Approved

2014

Fact Sheet

Map

Moapa Solar (BIA)
[RES America]
(Clark, NV)

PV/CSP

200

0
(850 acres of Tribal land)

500

5/1/14

Approved

2014

Fact Sheet

Map

  Wind Energy Projects

         Project Name          
[Developer] 
(Location)

Potential
Output
(MW)

BLM
Acreage

Peak Jobs

Approval Date

StatusAnticipated Operational Date

Information
Products

Lime Wind Energy Project
[Joseph Millworks, Inc.]
(Baker County, OR)

 431012/17/2009In operationOperations began in November 2011Finding of No Significant Impact

Spring Valley Wind
[Spring Valley Wind, LLC]
(White Pine County, NV)

1507,67323710/15/2010In operationOperations began in June 2012

Fact Sheet

Map

West Butte Wind
[West Butte Wind Power]
(Crook County, Deschutes County, OR)

104

0
(connected action)

 415

7/14/11

Approved

2014

Fact Sheet

Map

Tule Wind
[Iberdrola-Pacific Wind Development]
(San Diego County, CA)

186

12,133

337

12/20/11

Approved

2014

 Fact Sheet

Map

Tule Wind (BIA)
[Iberdrola-Pacific Wind Development]
(San Diego County, CA)

51

0
(connected action)

 

12/16/13

Approved

2014

Map

Echanis Wind / North Steens Transmission
[Echanis, LLC / Harney Electric Cooperative]
(Harney County, OR) 

104

0
(connected action)

415

12/28/11

Approved

2014

 Fact Sheet

Maps

Ocotillo Express Wind Energy Facility
[Ocotillo Express LLC (Pattern Energy LP)]
(Imperial County, CA)

315

10,151

350

5/11/12

In operation

Operations began in December 2012

Fact Sheet

Map

Chokecherry and Sierra Madre Wind Energy Project
[Power Company of Wyoming, LLC]
(Carbon County, WY)

3,000

102,207

1,000

10/9/12

Approved

2014

Fact Sheet

Map

Searchlight Wind Project
[Duke Energy]
(Clark County, NV)

200

9,300

 275

3/13/13

 Approved

 2014

 Fact Sheet

Map

Alta East Wind Project
[AltaWind Power]
(Kern County, CA)

126 
(+ 27 MW on private land)

1,999
(+ 593 acres of private land)

262

5/23/13

Approved

2013

Fact Sheet

Map

Mohave County Wind Farm Project
[BP Wind Energy]
(Mohave County, AZ)

500

35,329
(+ 2,781
acres of
Bureau of
Reclamation
land)

725

6/24/13

Approved

2014

Fact Sheet

Map

Additional maps and documentation

   Geothermal Energy Projects 

          Project Name         
[Developer]
(Location)

Potential Output (MW)

BLM Acreage

Peak Jobs

Approval Date

Status

Anticipated Operational Date

Information
Products

Salt Wells #1
[Enel North America, Inc.]
(Churchill County, NV)

18

3,794

25

April 2009

In operation

Completed

 
Blue Mountain Geothermal Power Plant
[Nevada Geothermal Power, Inc.]
(Humboldt County, NV)

49

5,252
(connected action)

175

10/22/09

In operation

Completed

Maps and diagrams

Jersey Valley
[Ormat Technologies, Inc.]
(Pershing and Lander Counties, NV)

30

7,460
(connected action)

70

6/4/10

In operation

Completed

Map

Coyote Canyon
[Terra-Gen Power, LLC]
(Churchill County, NV)

62

3,960

 105

3/7/11

Approved

Pending additional exploration wells

Statewide
Map

McGinness Hills°
[Ormat Technologies, Inc.]
(Lander County, NV)

90

 7,680

153

7/11/11

In operation

 Operations began June 2012

Fact Sheet

Map

Hot Sulfur Springs / Tuscarora°
[Ormat Technologies, Inc.]
(Elko County, NV)

15

0
(connected action)

25

7/29/11

In operation

Completed

Map

Salt Wells
[Ormat Technologies, Inc.]
(Churchill County, NV)

40

6,948

85

9/28/11

Approved

December 2014

Fact Sheet

Map

Salt Wells
[Gradient Resources. formerly Vulcan Power Company]
(Churchill County, NV)

120

15,622

270

9/28/11

Approved

December 2014

Fact Sheet

Map

Cove Fort / Sulphurdale
[ENEL Cove Fort, LLC]
(Millard County, UT)

30

 50

250

10/19/12

Under construction

2014

Fact Sheet

Map

Wild Rose
[Ormat Nevada]
(Mineral County, NV)

40

10

105

10/19/12

Under construction

2014

Map

New York Canyon
[TerraGen Power]
(Clark County, NV)

70

15,135

350

6/3/13

Approved

2014

Fact Sheet

Map

Casa Diablo IV
[Mammoth Pacific (Ormat)]
(Mono County, CA)

40

90

182

8/12/13

Approved

2014

Fact Sheet

Map

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2014-15 Renewable Energy Projects