Conditional Use Permit No. 3671/Public Use Permit No. 911/McCoy Solar Energy Project

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SCH Number
Lead Agency
Riverside County
Document Title
Conditional Use Permit No. 3671/Public Use Permit No. 911/McCoy Solar Energy Project
Document Type
NOP - Notice of Preparation of a Draft EIR
Present Land Use
Controlled Development Areas (W-2-10)/Open Space Rural (OS-RUR)
Document Description
Note: Reference SCH# 2012011019 McCoy Solar, LLC, a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources LLC, has requested a Conditional Use Permit, Public Use Permit, and Development Agreement to construct, operate, maintain, and decommission an approximately 50 megawatt photovoltaic solar power plant and related infrastructure on approximately 477 privately owned acres under the County's jurisdiction as part of an overall 750 MW PV solar power plant, and related infrastructure, to be known as the McCoy Solar Energy Project. The majority of the Project will be developed on public land admistered by the Bureau of Land Management ("BLM"). The Project proposes to generate and deliver power through an interconnection at the Colorado River Substation. The overall 750 MW solar power project would be developed in two phases, to be called Unit 1 and Unit 2. Unit 1, which includes the 477 acre portion of the solar power plant site subject to the CUP and Public Use Permit, is expected to have an overall 250 MW capacity. Necessary facilities on the privately owned lands subject to County jurisdiction would include solar arrays and inverters, portions of the access road, portions of a double- circuit 230 kV generation tie line, electrical power distribution line, and telecommunications line. A single-axis tracking system or a fixed tilt ground mount would be used for the structures that support the PV panels. The proposed 13.5 mile generation tie line, within a BLM-administered right-of-way width of 100 feet, would require about 200 acres of public and private lands. Portions of the proposed generation tie line would be subject to the Public Use Permit. The proposed two acre switch yard would be located adjacent to and connect into Southern CA Edison's Colorado River Substation. Lighting is proposed at key areas such as the solar power plant site entrance, substations, and switchyard. All lighting would be kept to the minimum required for safety and security; sensors, motion detectors, and switches would be used to keep lighting turned off when not required, and all lights would be hooded and directed to minimize off-site light. The project would operate year-round for approximately 30 years.

Contact Information

Jay Olivas
Agency Name
Riverside County Planning Dept.
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Blythe, Riverside
Cross Streets
North of Interstate 10, South of McCoy Wash, East of McCoy Mountains
Total Acres
Parcel #
812-130-006,-007,-008;818-210-014, etc.
State Highways
Hwy 95
Union Pacific
Palo Verde Valley Unified
Colorado River

Notice of Completion

State Review Period Start
State Review Period End
State Reviewing Agencies
California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of Transportation, District 8 (DOT), California Energy Commission, California Highway Patrol, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Colorado River Basin Region 7 (RWQCB), Caltrans, Division of Aeronautics, Department of Fish and Wildlife, Region 6, Department of Toxic Substances Control, Department of Water Resources, Office of Historic Preservation, Resources Agency, California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), Colorado River Board
State Reviewing Agency Comments
California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), Colorado River Board
Development Types
Other (Commercial Solar Power Generation Plant)
Local Actions
Use Permit
Project Issues
Aesthetics, Air Quality, Biological Resources, Cultural Resources, Cumulative Effects, Drainage/Absorption, Economics/Jobs, Fiscal Impacts, Flood Plain/Flooding, Geology/Soils, Hazards & Hazardous Materials, Hydrology/Water Quality, Land Use/Planning, Mineral Resources, Noise, Septic System, Transportation, Vegetation, Wildfire

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