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Southern Nevada District Office
Release Date: 06/30/09
Contacts: Hillerie C. Patton , 702-515-5046 ,

BLM Schedules Meetings to Solicit Public Comment on Proposed Solar Energy Project

Las Vegas, Nevada. -- The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Las Vegas Field Office is seeking input to identify issues/concerns that should be analyzed in the development of an environmental impact statement (EIS) for the proposed NextLight Renewable Power, LLC, Silver State North Solar Project and Silver State South Solar Project, near Primm, Nevada.

A Notice of Intent was published in the Federal Register on June 30, 2009, which formally initiates the 30-day public scoping period for the EIS.  Scoping comments are important as they help to develop the scope of the EIS and will be used in preparation of the draft EIS.  Comment forms will be available at each meeting, and all comments must be postmarked by July 30, 2009, to be considered for incorporation into the Draft EIS. Comments may be submitted in writing to the Bureau of Land Management, Attn: Gregory Helseth, Renewable Energy Project Manager, Las Vegas Field Office, 4701 North Torrey Pines Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89130–2301, NV 89049; by fax 702-515–5010 (attention Gregory Helseth); or e-mail to

NextLight Renewable Power, LLC, has submitted two applications for the construction, operation, maintenance, and termination of two solar energy generation sites. The two applications are identified as NVN-085077 named as the Silver State South Project, and NVN-085801 named as the Silver State North Project. The proposed projects would consist of photovoltaic panels and related rights-of-way appurtenances, including a substation and switchyard facilities.

The combined proposed projects would produce approximately 400 megawatts of electricity, and encompass approximately 7,840 acres of public lands east of Primm, Nevada. The proposed project would be designed for a life span of 30 years.

For more information regarding the public scoping meetings or the proposed project contact Gregory Helseth at 702-515-5173.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

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Last updated: 07-06-2009