Invenergy clears BLM enviro review process for 50-MW Luning Solar project

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management on July 1 issued both a final environmental assessment and an associated finding of no significant impacts (FONSI), both dated June 2015, for a 50-MW solar project in Nevada.

Invenergy Solar Development LLC is proposing to develop a 50-MW (nameplate) solar photovoltaic facility, referred to as the Luning Solar Energy Project (LSEP), in Mineral County, Nevada. Invenergy Solar is a subsidiary of Invenergy LLC, an international power generation company with projects in North America and Europe. Invenergy LLC currently has one 20-MW solar facility in operation in Illinois, two 10-MW facilities in Ontario, Canada, and a 6.5-MW facility in California, the final EA noted.

The LSEP would be developed on public lands administered by BLM’s Carson City District Office. The proposed location is approximately 3 miles north of Luning, Nevada, along State Highway 361. The solar facility would be constructed on approximately 560 acres.

Another company constructed a small solar measurement station within the project area in early 2011, but did not develop a solar energy generating facility. The right-of-way for that project was voluntarily relinquished in January 2013 after the solar measurement station was removed. A new right-of-way application was received from Invenergy Solar in July 2013, which closely matched the the prior project in terms of project area size and facilities.

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