Palen Solar Power Project

10 Documents in Project


SCH Number
Lead Agency
Riverside County
Document Title
Palen Solar Power Project
Document Type
OTH - Other Document
Present Land Use
CA Desert Conservation Area Plan (1980, as amended). Multiple Use Class M.
Document Description
Note: Notice of Public Meeting The California Energy Commission (CEC) previously approved, and the BLM previously prepared a Final EIS for, development of the project using thermal solar through technology. A subsequent proposal to develop the project using thermal solar power tower technology was withdrawn before final approval. EDF Renewable Energy now proposes to construct and operate the project as a 500 megawatt (MW) solar photovoltaic (PV) electric generating facility with associated infrastructure on the ~4,200-acre project site. The project would maximize its solar generation capacity by using a single-axis tracking system that allows PV panels to track the sun over the course of the day while minimizing visibility by maintaining a panel height of 18 feet or less. The facility would include 200 power blocks with an electrical generating capacity of 2.5 MW each, an electric switchyard, a common facilities area, a temporary construction laydown area, access roads, and a single circuit 230 kV generation tie-line electric transmission line extending from the project electricity switchyard to the Red Bluff Substation.

Contact Information

Frank McMenimen
Agency Name
U.S. Department of Interior, Bureau of Land Management
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Cross Streets
I-10 and Corn Springs Road
Total Acres
Parcel #
State Highways
Other Location Info
City/Nearest Community: Desert Center

Notice of Completion

State Review Period Start
State Review Period End
State Reviewing Agencies
California Department of Conservation (DOC), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of Transportation, District 8 (DOT), California Energy Commission, California Highway Patrol, California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Colorado River Basin Region 7 (RWQCB), Colorado River Board, Department of Fish and Wildlife, Region 6, Department of Toxic Substances Control, Department of Water Resources, Office of Historic Preservation, Resources Agency
Development Types
Power:Solar (Solar Thermal)(Megawatts 500)
Project Issues
Air Quality, Cultural Resources, Geology/Soils, Hydrology/Water Quality, Land Use/Planning, Mineral Resources, Noise, Public Services, Recreation, Social, Transportation, Vegetation, Wildlife, Climate Change,Environ. Justice, Multi. Use Classes,Special Use

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 or via phone at (916) 445-0613.

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