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Overview

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.

COMPANYPROJECT NAMEMW*TECHNOLOGYSTATESTATUS
82LV 8ME, LLCMount Signal Solar Farm #1**600PVCAEA Pending
enXcoDesert Harvest100PVCA

NOI published 9/15/2011

Draft EIS published 4/13/2012
First Solar, LLCSilver State South350PVNVNOI published 9/1/2011
K Road PowerCalico Solar Redesign****664PVCANOI published 10/25/2011
K Road PowerMoapa Solar Project***^350PVNV

NOI published 2/4/2011

Draft EIS released 11/25/2011
NextEra Energy Resources, LLCMcCoy Solar750PVCA

NOI published 8/29/2011

Draft EIS published 5/25/2012
Pacific Solar InvestmentsAmargosa North Solar150PVNV

NOI published 12/14/2009

Draft EIS Pending
San Diego Gas & ElectricOcotillo Sol***14PVCA

NOI published 7/17/2011

Draft EIS published 4/20/2012
Solar ReserveQuartzite Solar Energy100Polar TowerAZ

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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