BLM seeks public comment on draft analysis for proposed Libra Solar Project


Bureau of Land Management

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Carson City District Office

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CARSON CITY, Nev. The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public comment on the draft environmental impact statement for the proposed Libra Solar Project in Mineral and Lyon counties. If approved, the project could generate and store up to 700 megawatts of photovoltaic solar energy on approximately 5,141 acres of public lands in Mineral County and would include a 24.1-mile-long generation tie line, mostly on public lands, connecting to the Fort Churchill Substation in Lyon County.

“Engaging with our community is an important step in order to shape decisions that reflect the needs of the public,” said Kim Dow, Carson City District Manager. “BLM encourages the public to participate during this comment period by submitting additional information and comments to better inform the environmental and decision processes for this proposed project.”

BLM manages vast stretches of public lands that have the potential to make significant contributions to the nation’s renewable energy portfolio. To promote the development of these energy sources, BLM provides sites for environmentally sound development of renewable energy on public lands. The efficient deployment of renewable energy from our nation’s public lands is crucial in achieving the Biden-Harris administration’s goal of a carbon pollution-free power sector by 2035, as well as Congress’ direction in the Energy Act of 2020 to permit 25 gigawatts of solar, wind, and geothermal production on public lands no later than 2025.

The BLM is opening a 45-day public comment period that closes March 4, 2024. All comments must include the commenter’s name and street address. Written comments may be submitted through the “Participate Now” function at the BLM National NEPA Register (preferred), emailed to with “Attn: Libra solar Project” in the Subject line, or delivered to the Carson City District Office (Attn: Libra Solar Project) located at 5665 Morgan Mill Road, Carson City, NV 89701.

More information about the proposed project can be found on the BLM National NEPA Register. The BLM plans to hold one virtual public meeting and one in-person public meeting during the public comment period to be announced through the media and at the project website linked above at least 15 days prior to each event.

For additional information, please contact Melanie Hornsby, by phone (775) 885-6024, or email to


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.