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Desert Harvest Solar Energy

Project Information
Renewable Energy
The proposed Desert Harvest Solar Energy project would utilize photovoltaic technology on approximately 1,200 acres in Riverside County, California. The project would produce an estimated 150 MW of solar energy, enough to power about 45,000 homes. The purpose of the federal permitting process is to ensure that federal agencies take into account all legal and regulatory requirements, environmental and cultural considerations and weigh the sometimes competing interests of various stakeholders in reaching a decision about whether to approve the project, and if so, to do so in a way that provides the best outcome for the environment, stakeholders and the community. Since this is a complex project requiring review and approval by multiple federal agencies and impacting the interests of a variety of stakeholders, there is an important opportunity for early collaboration, coordination and outreach. Such early coordination has been taking place under the Department's Smart from the Start program. The DOI agencies have been meeting on a regular basis to discuss the project and identify and resolve conflicts early in the process.

Reviews, Approvals and Permits

Title Responsible Agency Responsible Agency POC Target Completion Date Status
Record of Decision - Desert Harvest DOI, EPA Frank McMenimen 2/21/2013 Complete
Final Environmental Impact Statement Release DOI, EPA frank mcmenimen 11/21/2012 Complete
Draft EIS Released DOI, EPA frank mcmenimen 4/12/2012 Complete
Administrative Draft Environmental Impact Statement DOI, EPA frank mcmenimen 11/12/2011 Complete
NOI Published Frank McMenimen 9/13/2011 Complete