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BLM 2012 Priority Renewable Energy Projects

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The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) gives priority each year to a variety of renewable energy projects within the National System of Public Lands.  BLM, in conjunction with the Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Park Service, chooses the renewable energy projects that they believe are the most promising and will help diversify the country’s energy portfolio in an environmentally responsible manner. 

To qualify as a priority project, a company must demonstrate that its project is ready for a formal environmental review and public participation process, can be approved by the end of 2012, and is sited in an area with minimal environmental impact.  The list also includes “connected action” projects, in which the solar power plant is sited on private land, but another related facility (e.g., a transmission line) requires BLM authorization, as it will be built on federal lands.

COMPANY PROJECT NAME MW* TECHNOLOGY STATE STATUS
82LV 8ME, LLC Mount Signal Solar Farm #1** 600 PV CA EA Pending
enXco Desert Harvest 100 PV CA

NOI published 9/15/2011

Draft EIS published 4/13/2012

First Solar, LLC Silver State South 350 PV NV NOI published 9/1/2011
K Road Power Calico Solar Redesign**** 664 PV CA NOI published 10/25/2011
K Road Power Moapa Solar Project***^ 350 PV NV

NOI published 2/4/2011

Draft EIS released 11/25/2011

NextEra Energy Resources, LLC McCoy Solar 750 PV CA

NOI published 8/29/2011

Draft EIS published 5/25/2012

Pacific Solar Investments Amargosa North Solar 150 PV NV

NOI published 12/14/2009

Draft EIS Pending

San Diego Gas & Electric Ocotillo Sol*** 14 PV CA

NOI published 7/17/2011

Draft EIS published 4/20/2012

Solar Reserve Quartzite Solar Energy 100 Polar Tower AZ

NOI published 1/14/2010

Draft EIS published 11/10/2011

* Potential output may change depending on the analysis and review of each project.
** Solar project is on private land, but requires a connected action by BLM.
*** 2011 priority solar project given 2012 priority project status.
**** The Calico solar project was previously approved in 2010, but the project has been redesigned with solar PV technology and may require additional BLM approval.  The MW capacity for this project is not counted as new MW capacity in the total MWs for the 2012 Priority projects.  ^ Project is sited on tribal land.
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