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

Summary

SCH Number
2010084009
Lead Agency
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
Lead/Public Agency
1201 Bird Center Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92264

Phone : (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 (Acres 4,391, Employees 15) Other (Utility scale alternative energy project) Power:Solar (Megawatts 550)
Local Action
CDCA Plan
Project Issues
Aesthetics Agriculture and Forestry Resources Air Quality Biological Resources Cultural Resources Cumulative Effects Drainage/Absorption Economics/Jobs Fiscal Impacts Flood Plain/Flooding Geology/Soils Growth Inducement Hazards & Hazardous Materials Hydrology/Water Quality Land Use/Planning Mineral Resources Noise Population/Housing Public Services Recreation Schools/Universities Septic System Solid Waste Transportation Vegetation Wetland/Riparian Wildfire
Reviewing Agencies
California Department of Parks and Recreation California Energy Commission California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Colorado River Basin Region 7 (RWQCB) California State Lands Commission (SLC) Caltrans, Division of Aeronautics Department of Fish and Wildlife, Region 6 Department of Water Resources Office of Historic Preservation Resources Agency California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC) California Department of Transportation, District 8 (DOT) Colorado River Board

Disclaimer: The document was originally posted before CEQAnet had the capability to host attachments for the public. To obtain the original attachments for this document, please contact the lead agency at the contact information listed above. You may also contact the OPR via email at state.clearinghouse@opr.ca.gov or via phone at (916) 445-0613.

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