The U.S. Bureau of Land Management will temporarily keep public lands in Nevada from being acquired companies interested in producing minerals from the property so that Silver State Solar LLC can complete its look at siting a solar power project there.
A BLM notice to be published in the Aug. 30 Federal Register serves to extend the segregation of the identified lands for an additional two years from appropriation under the public land laws, subject to valid existing rights in existence prior to the original segregation. “This segregation extension is warranted to provide for the orderly administration of the public lands to facilitate the development of valuable renewable energy resources and to avoid conflicts between renewable energy generation and mining claims,” said BLM.
Silver State Solar has submitted a right-of-way (ROW) application for the construction, operation, maintenance, and termination of a solar energy generation facility on a portion of the ROW application on 13,043 acres of public lands east of Primm, Nev. The proposed project would consist of photovoltaic panels and related developments, including a substation and switchyard facilities, and would produce about 250 MW.
The lands covered by the ROW application were initially segregated from the operation of the public land laws through a notice published in the Federal Register in September 2011. The BLM is in the process of preparing a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement in connection with its review of the ROW application.