EIR No. 529/CUP No. 3670/PUP No. 913/Blythe Mesa I Solar Projejct
NOP - Notice of Preparation
Present Land Use
Active and inactive agriculture/Heavy Agricultural, Light Agriculture, Controlled Development Areas/Agriculture and Rural Community.
The proposed project consists of the construction and operation of a 485 megawatt solar photovoltaic (PV) electric generating facility and associated infrastructure on a total of ~3,6660 acres. The proposed project would consist of a solar array field utilizing single-axis solar PV trackers and panels with a combined maximum height of 8 feet. Supporting facilities on-site would include three electrical substations, two operation and maintenance buildings, inverters, transformers, and associated switchgear. Since most of the site has nearly level to gently sloping topography, no mass grading would be required and the natural drainage patterns of the site would not be significantly altered. The project site would be secured 24 hours per day by onsite private security personnel or remote services with motion-detection cameras. An equestrian-wire, wildlife-friendly and drainage-compatible security fence that meets National Electric Safety Code would be placed around the perimeter of the site. The proposed lighting for the site would be consistent with County building code. A new 8.4 mile long, 230 kv double-circuit generation-tie transmission line would connect the proposed project with the approved Colorado River Substation located west of the project site subject to Public Use Permit. A majority of the project is within the County of Riverside jurisdiction.
California Air Resources Board (ARB)California Department of Parks and RecreationCalifornia Department of Transportation, District 8 (DOT)California Energy CommissionCalifornia Highway PatrolCalifornia Public Utilities Commission (CPUC)California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Colorado River Basin Region 7 (RWQCB)Colorado River BoardDepartment of Fish and Wildlife, Region 6Department of Water ResourcesOffice of Historic PreservationResources AgencyCalifornia Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC)Department of Toxic Substances Control
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