EIR No. 529/CUP No. 3670/PUP No. 913/Blythe Mesa I Solar Projejct

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SCH Number
Lead Agency
Riverside County
Document Title
EIR No. 529/CUP No. 3670/PUP No. 913/Blythe Mesa I Solar Projejct
Document Type
NOP - Notice of Preparation of a Draft EIR
Present Land Use
Active and inactive agriculture/Heavy Agricultural, Light Agriculture, Controlled Development Areas/Agriculture and Rural Community.
Document Description
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.

Contact Information

Jay Olivas
Agency Name
Riverside County
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Cross Streets
No. & So. of I-10, W. of Neighbors Blvd, So. & E. of Blythe Airport
Total Acres
Parcel #
821-110-004, etc.,
State Highways
Union Pacific
Blythe Airport
Palo Verde Valley
Colorado River

Notice of Completion

Review Period Start
Review Period End
Development Types
Power:Other Power Type (Solar PV)(Megawatts 485)
Local Actions
Use Permit, Development Agreement
Project Issues
Aesthetics, Agriculture and Forestry Resources, Air Quality, Biological Resources, Cultural Resources, Cumulative Effects, Drainage/Absorption, Economics/Jobs, Fiscal Impacts, Geology/Soils, Hazards & Hazardous Materials, Hydrology/Water Quality, Land Use/Planning, Noise, Population/Housing, Public Services, Septic System, Transportation, Vegetation, Other
Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board (ARB), 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), Colorado River Board, Department of Fish and Wildlife, Region 6, Department of Water Resources, Office of Historic Preservation, Resources Agency, California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), Department of Toxic Substances Control
Reviewing Agency Comments
California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), Department of Toxic Substances Control

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