U.S. government advances three solar projects sited on 4,700 acres of public land
The Department of the Interior of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has begun the public assessment of the draft environmental analysis (EA) for the proposed Arica and Victory Pass solar projects in Riverside County, California. The two projects would include up to 465 MW of solar power and 400 MW of energy storage.
The BLM also expects a draft EA for a third project in California – the 500 MW Oberon solar project – to be available in the coming days. Information will be available on BLM’s ePlanning website when the comment period begins. The three projects would be located on 4,700 hectares of public land.
“Clean energy, including solar projects like this one in California, will help communities across the country be part of the climate solution while creating high-paying union jobs,” said Secretary Deb Haaland. “The ministry is proud to help lead the government’s approach towards its ambitious renewable energy targets, which will boost local economies and address economic and environmental injustice.”
The Arica, Victory Pass and Oberon solar projects are proposed for areas identified as suitable for renewable energy development as part of the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan. Targeting 10.8 million acres of public land in the desert regions of seven California counties, the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP) is a landscape-level plan that streamlines renewable energy development while preserving and preserving unique and valuable desert ecosystems. offers outdoor recreation opportunities . The DRECP is a partnership between the BLM, Fish and Wildlife Service, California Energy Commission, and California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
The Interior Department recently approved the Southern Bighorn Solar Project and announced construction began on the Arrow Canyon Solar Project on Tribal land in Nevada. These two projects will support more than 800 jobs. In May, the department also approved the Crimson Solar Project in California.
The Department of the Interior and the BLM will continue to work with tribal governments, local communities, state regulators, industry and other federal agencies in evaluating these projects.
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