Blythe Solar Power Project

4 Documents in Project

Summary

SCH Number
2010084005
Lead Agency
Bureau of Land Management (U.S. Department of Interior, Bureau of Land Management)
Document Title
Blythe Solar Power Project
Document Type
EIS - Draft EIS
Received

Document Description
The Blythe Solar Power Project (BSPP) was fully permitted and approved as a 1,000 megawatt solar thermal generating plant in 2010. NextEra Blythe Solar Energy Center, LLC (Grant Holder) purchased the fully permitted (un-built) project assets in mid-2012 and now proposes to modify the technology and reduce the size of the project entirely within the approved BSPP footprint. The Grant Holder is proposing to construct, operate, maintain, and decommission the BSPP using photovoltaic technology with a 485 MW capacity on 4,138 acres of BLM-administered public land. An amendment to the existing ROW authorization has been submitted to reduce the acreage of the project, change the technology from concentrating solar trough to photovoltaic, adjust the project layout per the new technology, and reduce the capacity from 1,000 to 485 MW.

Contact Information
Frank McMenimen
U.S. Department of Interior, Bureau of Land Management
1201 Bird Center Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262

760-833-7150
fmcmenimen@ca.blm.gov

Location

Coordinates
33°40'5"N 114°45'14"W
Cities
Riverside Blythe
Counties
Riverside
Cross Streets
I-10 and Black Rock Road
Zip
92225
Total Acres
4138
Airports
Blythe
Waterways
McCoy Wash
Township
6S
Range
21E
Section
11
Base
SBB&M

Notice of Completion

Review Period Start
Review Period End
Development Type
Power:Solar (485 Watts)
Project Issues
Other Issues Cumulative Effects Landuse Growth Inducing Wetland/Riparian Water Supply Water Quality Vegetation Traffic/Circulation Toxic/Hazardous Soil Erosion/Compaction/Grading Septic System Recreation/Parks Noise Minerals Geologic/Seismic Forest Land/Fire Hazard Flood Plain/Flooding Economics/Jobs Drainage/Absorption Biological Resources Archaeologic-Historic Air Quality Aesthetic/Visual
Reviewing Agencies
Air Resources Board California Department of Parks and Recreation California Energy Commission California Highway Patrol California Public Utilities Commission Caltrans, District 8 Caltrans, Division of Aeronautics Department of Fish and Wildlife, Region 6 Department of Water Resources Native American Heritage Commission Regional Water Quality Control Board, Region 7 Resources Agency
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