Draft EIS and CDCA Plan Amendment Proposed First Solar Desert Sunlight Solar Farm Project

Summary

SCH Number
2010084009
Lead Agency
Bureau of Land Management (U.S. Department of Interior, Bureau of Land Management)
Document Title
Draft EIS and CDCA Plan Amendment Proposed First Solar Desert Sunlight Solar Farm Project
Document Type
EIS - Draft EIS
Received

Document Description
NOTES: Review per Lead This EIS address the Bureau of Land Management's proposal to issue a right-of-way grant to Desert Sunlight Holdings, LLC, for the construction, operation, maintenance, and decommissioning of a utility-scale 550-megawatt photovoltaic solar energy facility, transmission line, and a substation on public lands in Riverside County, California. Southern California Edison would construct and operate the substation. The EIR analyzes six alternatives: (1) No Action, in which the Applicant's application would be denied and current management of the site would be maintained; (2) the Applicant's application would be denied and the CDCA Plan would be amended to declare the site suitable of solar development; (3) The Applicant's application would be denied and the CDCA Plan would be amended to declare the site unsuitable for solar development; (4) BLM would grant the Applicant a right-of-way (ROW) for the project is proposed; (5) BLM would grant the Applicant a ROW for a modified project design; and (6) BLM would grant the Applicant a ROW for a smaller project. Alternatives 4,5 and 6 include an amendment to the CDCA Plan as part of the Proposed Action and that amendment would find the project area as suitable for solar development.

Contact Information
Allison Shaffer
U.S. Department of Interior, Bureau of Land Management
1201 Bird Center Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92264

760-833-7100

Location

Coordinates
33°49'20.2"N 115°23'35.3"W
Counties
Riverside
Cross Streets
Interstate 10 and Kaiser Road
Zip
92239
Total Acres
4,391
Parcel #
Multiple
State Highways
I-10
Railways
No
Airports
Special Use Airport
Schools
No
Waterways
NO
Base
SBB&M
Other Location Info
City/Nearest Community: Desert Center

Notice of Completion

Review Period Start
Review Period End
Development Type
Industrial (4,391 Acres, 15 Employees) Other (Utility scale alternative energy project) Power:Solar (550 Watts)
Local Action
Other Action Other Action: CDCA Plan
Project Issues
Cumulative Effects Landuse Growth Inducing Wetland/Riparian Water Supply Water Quality Vegetation Traffic/Circulation Toxic/Hazardous Solid Waste Soil Erosion/Compaction/Grading Septic System Schools/Universities Recreation/Parks Public Services Population/Housing Balance Noise Minerals Geologic/Seismic Forest Land/Fire Hazard Flood Plain/Flooding Fiscal Impacts Economics/Jobs Drainage/Absorption Biological Resources Archaeologic-Historic Air Quality Agricultural Land Aesthetic/Visual
Reviewing Agencies
Colorado River Board Caltrans, District 8 Native American Heritage Commission California Department of Parks and Recreation California Energy Commission California Public Utilities Commission Caltrans, Division of Aeronautics Department of Fish and Wildlife, Region 6 Department of Water Resources Office of Historic Preservation Regional Water Quality Control Board, Region 7 Resources Agency State Lands Commission
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