Arrow Canyon Solar Project
PROJECT WEBSITE: https://www.arrowcanyonsolarseis.com/
All dates below are specific to the schedule of the Environmental Review and Permitting processes for this project.
ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW AND PERMITTING STATUS
ESTIMATED COMPLETION DATE OF ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW AND PERMITTING
Arrow Canyon Solar, LLC (Applicant), a wholly-owned subsidiary of EDF Renewables Development, Inc. (EDFR), plans to expand the solar field for the previously approved Moapa Solar Energy Center (MSEC) Project located on the Moapa River Indian Reservation (Reservation) in Clark County, Nevada. The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), as lead agency in cooperation with the Moapa Band of Paiute Indians (Moapa Band or Band) and other agencies, intend to prepare a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) that will evaluate the expansion of the photovoltaic (PV) solar energy generation project.
The original MSEC Project was analyzed through the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) with a Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) published in February 2014. A Record of Decision (ROD) was executed by the BIA in May 2014 and the 850-acre solar ground lease was approved June 2014. A concurrent ROD was executed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in May 2014 approving the ancillary facilities associated with the Project that crossed BLM-administered lands including an access road on federal lands, a 230kV overhead gen-tie transmission line on federal lands, and a water pipeline within a designated utility corridor on the Reservation managed by the BLM. A right-of-way (ROW) was issued by the BLM for these linear facilities on August 4, 2015 (ROW N-88870).
In March 2017, EDFR purchased the MSEC Project and renamed it the Arrow Canyon Solar Project (ACSP). EDFR subsequently transferred the project to the Applicant. In March 2019, the Applicant reached agreement with the Moapa Band to expand the ACSP solar site on the Reservation from the previously-approved 850 acres to a total of 2,200 acres to accommodate the currently planned project that includes 200 MW of solar PV and a battery energy storage system (BESS).
The expansion of the solar facility on Tribal lands would be the primary subject of the SEIS. The ancillary facilities, (i.e. main access road, 230kV gen-tie line and water pipeline) as previously approved by the BLM will not be modified and will be developed as described in the issued BLM ROW.