BLM seeks comments on Yellow Pine Solar Project near Pahrump


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LAS VEGAS—The Bureau of Land Management’s Las Vegas Field Office is seeking public comments on a proposed energy project. The Yellow Pine Solar Project (Project) includes 9,290 acres of lands managed by the BLM and would generate up to 1,200 jobs at peak construction.  This proposed project aligns with a Trump Administration priority of pursuing energy dominance.  The Administration’s “all-of-the-above approach” includes making public lands available for renewable energy sources, such as wind, geothermal, and solar, as well as conventional energy sources, such as coal, oil, and gas.

“The BLM is committed to supporting working landscapes across the nation for current and future generations and we invite the public to provide input on this proposal,” said BLM Las Vegas Field Office Manager Gayle Marrs-Smith.

The Project would consist of construction, operation, maintenance and eventual decommissioning of a 250-megawatt solar generation facility.  The project’s substation would have an interconnection point with the Valley Electric grid for connection to California.  The proposed project is located in Clark County at the intersection of Nevada State Route 160 and Tecopa Road, approximately 10 miles southeast of Pahrump, Nevada, and approximately 32 miles west of Las Vegas.

A Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement and a Notice of Segregation for the Project will be published in tomorrow’s Federal Register and opened a 90-day public comment period, which closes August 28, 2018

The Environmental Impact Statement will evaluate the proposed Project while the temporary segregation of public lands within the application area will promote the BLM’s orderly administration of those lands.

The BLM will announce scoping meetings at least 15 days in advance in a news release that will be posted on the Bureau’s website at

Written comments may be mailed to the BLM, Southern Nevada District, Renewable Energy Project Manager, 4701 N. Torrey Pines Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89130, or emailed to For more information, please call Herman Pinales at (702) 515-5284.

Before including your address, phone number, email address or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment — including your personal identifying information — may be made publicly available at any time.  While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.



The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.