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The applicant, EDF Renewable Resources (formally enXco), has requested a right-of-way authorization to construct, operate, maintain, and decommission a solar photovoltaic electricity generating facility with a proposed output of 150 megawatts and a project footprint of approximately 1,208 acres. The proposed project would be located on BLM-administered lands in Riverside County 6 miles north of the rural community of Desert Center, California. The overall site layout and generalized land uses include a substation, an administration building, operations and maintenance facilities, a transmission line, and temporary construction lay down areas. The project's 230-kilovolt (kV) generation interconnection transmission (gen-tie) line could either be via the First Solar Desert Sunlight 230-kV gen-tie (as a shared facility), or could be a separate facility located on private and BLM-administered lands and would connect to a planned 230- to 500-kV substation (referred to as the Red Bluff Substation). The Red Bluff Substation would connect the project to the Southern California Edison regional transmission grid. If approved, construction would begin in late 2013 and would take 9-12 months to complete.
On September 15, 2011, the BLM published a Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare an EIS in the
Public Scoping Meetings were held on October 3 and 6, 2011. Scoping comments were accepted until October 21, 2011. The BLM considered these comments in developing the Draft EIS.
On April 13, 2012, the BLM published a Notice of Availability for the Draft EIS and CDCA Plan Amendment in the
The Final EIS considers four no action/no development alternatives, four solar facility development alternatives, and four transmission line alternatives.
These alternatives are:
No Action/No Development alternatives:
Generation Plant Development Alternatives:
Transmission Line Alternatives:
The BLM will select one transmission line alternative and one generation plant alternative. The BLM has identified Alternative 7 as the preferred alternative for the generation plan and Alternative B as the preferred alternative for the transmission line. Instructions for filing a protest with the BLM Director regarding the Desert Harvest Proposed CDCA Plan Amendment may be found in the “Dear Reader” Letter of the Final EIS and at 43 CFR 1610.5-2. All protests must be in writing and mailed to the appropriate address, which you can find in the
Before including your phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your protest, you should be aware that your entire protest—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your protest to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.
40 CFR 1506.6, 40 CFR 1506.10, 43 CFR 1610.2; 43 CFR 1610.5.