Bureau of Land Management delivers more clean energy
Townsite Solar 2 Project will add up to 19 MW of power to the Nevada grid
LAS VEGAS – The Bureau of Land Management approved a new solar project that will sit on approximately 76 acres of public lands in Clark County, Nevada, four miles southwest of Boulder City. The newly approved Townsite Solar 2 Project is projected to generate up to 19 megawatts of power and includes battery energy storage, contributing to the Biden-Harris administration’s goal of a carbon-pollution free power sector by 2035.
“This project will tangibly contribute to a clean energy economy and create jobs for our community,” said BLM Las Vegas Field Manager Bruce Sillitoe. “We appreciate the public involvement and feedback on our draft environmental assessment during the comment period. After carefully considering that feedback, we finalized the environmental assessment and will now offer a right-of-way to the applicant.”
A synopsis of the 12 public comments received and BLM responses can be found in the decision record, which is available on the BLM National NEPA Register along with the finding of no significant impact, environmental assessment and other associated documents.
The 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, the 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 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.