Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell has announced the approval of two major solar energy projects: the 350 MW Midland Solar Energy Project in Nevada and the 100 MW Quartzsite Concentrating Solar Power Project in Arizo
The Quartzsite Solar Project, located in La Paz County, Ariz., was proposed by Quartzsite Solar Energy LLC, a subsidiary of California-based Solar Reserve LLC. The proposed solar facility is a concentrated solar power design that would cover 1,600 acres of Bureau of Land Management land.
The 350-megawatt Midland Solar Energy Project and the 70-megawatt New York Canyon Geothermal Project are located in Nevada, and the 100-megawatt Quartzsite Solar Energy Project is located in Arizona.
“These projects reflect the Obama Administration’s commitment to expand responsible domestic energy production on our public lands and diversify our nation’s energy portfolio,” Secretary Jewell said. “Today’s approvals will help bolster rural economies by generating good jobs and reliable power and advance our national energy security.”
“The President has called for America to continue taking bold steps on clean energy,” said the BLM Principal Deputy Director Neil Kornze. “Our smart-from-the-start analysis has helped us do just that, paving the way for responsible development of utility-scale renewable energy projects in the right way and in the right places.”
The Midland Solar Project is a 350-megawatt solar photovoltaic facility. Proposed by Boulder Solar Power, LLC, the project will be built on private lands about 7 miles southwest from Boulder City, Nevada and will cross 76 acres of federal transmission corridor. The project will provide enough electricity to power about 105,000 homes and generate a peak construction workforce of about 350 employees and up to 10 permanent jobs. Boulder Solar Power, LLC worked closely with the BLM, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Nevada Department of Wildlife to develop monitoring and conservation measures that will avoid, minimize and mitigate potential impacts.
The New York Canyon Geothermal Project and electrical transmission facility will be built on 15,135 acres of land managed by the BLM about 25 miles east of Lovelock, Nevada in Pershing County. TGP Dixie Development Company, LLC, a subsidiary of TerraGen Power, LLC, will build the 70-megawatt project and associated 230-kilovolt electrical line. The project will provide enough electricity to power about 60,000 homes and create an estimated 150 peak construction jobs and 16 full- and part-time operational jobs. The BLM worked closely with its partners and stakeholders to minimize environmental impacts. For example, a Bird and Bat Conservation Strategy was developed to assess the area’s avian wildlife and reduce impacts on these populations. In addition, there are no listed, proposed or candidate threatened or endangered species present in the project area. Clickhere for a fact sheet on the New York Canyon Geothermal Project and here for a map.