BLM seeks comment on power line for 80-MW Utah solar project

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is taking comment until Sept. 2 on an environmental assessment covering a power line needed to interconnect an 80-MW (ac) solar project to the PacifiCorp transmission system in Utah.

Three Peaks Power LLC, which is wholly owned and operated by Scatec Solar North America Inc., proposes to construct, operate, and maintain a 2.1-mile segment of new transmission line to support power transmission from the future Three Peaks Solar Power Plant to the existing Rocky Mountain Power/PacifiCorp Three Peaks Substation approximately 10 miles northwest of Cedar City, Utah. The 138-kV overhead line would be the centerline for a 100-foot wide right of way.

The Three Peaks facility would be an 80-MW (ac) solar photovoltaic (PV) plant constructed on private property northwest of Cedar City in Iron County, Utah. The proposed transmission line would originate at the plant and traverse about 5,500 feet (1.04 miles) of private land and another 5,500 feet (1.04 miles) across public lands administered by the BLM. The transmission line would transmit up to 210,000 megawatt hours (MWh) of renewable solar electricity per year to the Rocky Mountain Power system.

Project contact information is: Three Peaks Power LLC c/o Scatec Solar North America Inc., 2330 Marinship Way, Suite 300, Sausalito, CA 94965.

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