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Renewable Energy Projects Approved in 2010

In 2010, the BLM made significant progress with solar, wind, and geothermal energy projects on public lands.  The approval of the Crescent Dunes Solar Project in Nye County, Nevada, in late December 2010, brought the potential output of nine approved solar projects to more than 3,600 megawatts.  Projects approved during the year also included the Blythe Solar Power Project, rated at 1 gigawatt (1000 megawatts)--one of the largest solar installations in the world.  The BLM also approved one wind project (150 megawatts), and two geothermal projects (nearly 80 megawatts). The table below indicates the locations, potential energy output, and other details regarding projects approved to date. Links are provided for related BLM and state web pages and Federal Register notices. For a listing of 2011 priority projects that are approved or pending, select this link.

NOI = Notice of Intent    EIS = Environmental Impact Statement   DEIS = Draft EIS
EA = Environmental Assessment


   Solar Energy Projects

State

County

Project Name

Potential Output*

Acreage

Estimated Total Jobs

Status

Information
Products

CA

Imperial

[Imperial Valley Solar Project]
(AES Solar)

709 MW (solar engine)

6,140 on BLM, additional 360 on private land

900

NOI published Oct. 17, 2008. 
Draft EIS published Feb. 22, 2010.
Final EIS published July 28, 2010
Record of Decision signed Oct. 5, 2010 
Developer has requested termination of authorization.

FACT SHEET

 MAP

CASan Bernardino

Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System (SEGS)
(BrightSource Energy)

370 MW (power tower)3,472

1,100

NOI published Nov. 6, 2007.
Draft EIS published Nov. 10, 2009. 
Supplemental DEIS published April 16, 2010
Final EIS published Aug. 6, 2010
Record of Decision signed Oct. 17, 2010 

FACT SHEET

MAP

CARiversideBlythe Solar Power Project
(Solar Millenium, LLC and Chevron Energy Solutions)
1000 MW (parabolic trough)7,025

1,361

NOI published Nov. 23, 2009. 
Draft EIS published April 6, 2010
Final EIS published August 20, 2010
Record of Decision signed Oct. 22, 2010

FACT SHEET

MAP

CASan Bernardino

Calico Solar Energy Project
(Tessera Solar North America)

663 MW (solar engine)4,604

536

NOI published June 8, 2009. 
Draft EIS published April 19, 2010
Final EIS published Aug. 6, 2010
Record of Decision signed Oct. 20, 2010

FACT SHEET

MAP

CARiverside

Genesis Solar Energy Project
(Genesis Solar LLC, wholly owned subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources, LLC)

250 MW (parabolic trough)4,640

1,135

NOI published Nov. 23, 2009. Draft EIS published April 19, 2010
Final EIS published Aug. 30, 2010
Record of Decision signed November 4, 2010

FACT SHEET

MAP

CASan Bernardino

Lucerne Valley Solar Project - (Chevron Energy Solutions) 

45 MW
(thin film PV)
516

48

NOI published July 23, 2009; 
Draft EIS Published Feb. 5, 2010
Final EIS Published Aug. 13, 2010.  
Details on comment period.
Record of Decision signed Oct. 5, 2010

FACT SHEET

MAP

NVClarkSilver State Solar Energy Project (North)
(First Solar, Inc.)
60 MW (PV)7,840 for North and South

310

NOI published June 30, 2009. 
Draft EIS published April 16, 2010
Final EIS published Sept. 20, 2010
Record of Decision signed Oct. 12, 2010

FACT SHEET

MAP

NVNye

Crescent Dunes Solar Project
(Tonopah Solar Energy, LLC)

110 MW (power tower)1,600

550

NOI published Nov. 24, 2009.
Draft EIS published Sept. 3, 2010
Record of Decision signed December 20, 2010

FACT SHEET

MAP 

NVNyeAmargosa Farm Road Solar Project
(Solar Millenium, LLC)
464 MW (parabolic trough)4,350

1,370

NOI published July 13, 2009. Draft EIS published March 19, 2010
Record of Decision signed November 15, 2010

FACT SHEET

MAP

* Potential output may change depending on the analysis and review of each project.

  Wind Energy Projects

State

County

Project Name

Potential Output*

Acreage

Estimated Total Jobs

Status

Information
Products

NVWhite PineSpring Valley Wind, Spring Valley 150 MW7,673

237

Decision Record signed Oct. 15, 2010

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* Potential output may change depending on the analysis and review of each project.

   Geothermal Energy Projects 

State

County

Project Name

Potential Output*

Acreage

Estimated Total Jobs

Status

Information
Products

NVHumboldtBlue Mountain Geothermal Power Plant and transmission line 49.5 MW and 120 kV5,252 on BLM and 5,732 on private land

175

Approved October 22, 2009

 

NVPershing and LanderOrmat, Jersey Valley 30 MW7,460 on BLM, 220 on private land

70

Approved June 4, 2010

 

* Potential output may change depending on the analysis and review of each project.

Related Links

2011 Renewable Energy Priority Projects

BLM California Facts on Fast-Track Projects includes information on the above projects as well as six other projects that have started through environmental review.

BLM California Solar Energy Projects--Links to maps and other documents relating to solar energy projects and applications.