BLM works on environmental review of EDF solar project

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is taking public comment until Dec. 3 on a final environmental impact statement related to a 150-MW photovoltaic solar energy facility and generation-intertie transmission line.

The project would be located in Riverside County, Calif., near the unincorporated community of Desert Center on land administered by the BLM. The Desert Harvest Solar Project would have an associated 220-kV generation-intertie transmission line that would be sited within a 204-acre right-of-way on BLM-managed land and 52 acres of non-BLM managed land, which would extend from the solar facility site to the planned Red Bluff Substation.

The proposed solar facility would consist of a main generation area that would include photovoltaic (PV) arrays, a switchyard, inverters, overhead lines, and access corridors. The solar facility would also include an operations and maintenance facility, an on-site substation and switchgear. At the Red Bluff Substation, power from the proposed solar facility would be stepped up and fed into Southern California Edison’s existing Devers Palo Verde No. 1 high-voltage transmission line.

EDF Renewable Energy (EDF or Applicant), a wholly owned affiliate of EDF Energies Nouvelles (formerly SIIF Energies), which is a 50 percent-owned subsidiary of the EDF Group, proposes to construct and operate a 150-megawatt (MW), nominal capacity, alternating current (AC), solar photovoltaic (PV), energy-generating project known as the Desert Harvest Solar Project (DHSP or proposed project),” said the final EIS.

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