US Bureau of Land Management proposes Solar Zone in California
Dec 04, 2012 - Nilima Choudhury - pv-tech.org
If a solar energy zone is created, any proposed renewable energy project would undergo a site-specific environmental review. Under the preferred alternative, the BLM would restrict development on river banks and in sensitive habitats within the REEA and would not allow certain renewable energy technologies, such as wind turbines, that would conflict with local military operations.
Currently, as part of President Barak Obama’s strategy for developing appropriate domestic energy resources, it has been decided that 20,762 acres of BLM-managed land in the REEA will be available for testing and developing solar and wind energy facilities.
The leasing of 19,162 acres of federal mineral estate near Niland, California, will be used for geothermal energy testing and development. The Final EIS also analyses the potential environmental impacts of approving a pending geothermal lease application in the REEA.
Publication of the Federal Register Notice of Availability for the EIS/Proposed Plan Amendment will begin a 30-day consultation period, after which the BLM will decide how to proceed.