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Desert Quartzite Solar

Project Information
Sector: Renewable Energy Production
Project Category: 
FAST-41 Covered Projects
Project Status: 
In Progress
Description: 

The Project would be located approximately 2.75 miles southwest of the City of Blythe, just south of the Interstate 10 freeway, in Riverside County, California.  The Project involves construction of a 450 MW solar facility and a 2.8 mile long 230 kilovolt transmission line that would connect with Southern California Edison’s Colorado Substation.  The Project would require 89 acres for temporary construction. After construction, the Project would occupy up to 3,614 acres of BLM land and 154 acres of private land under the jurisdiction of the County of Riverside. Once completed, the Project would also include an operations and maintenance building, an on-site substation, internal access roads, and ancillary facilities. Existing roads would be used to access the site.

Permitting Timeline

Action Agency Target Completion Status
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)
Milestones:
Issuance of Notice of Intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)
Complete 03/06/2015
Scoping
Complete 04/13/2015
Official Notice of Availability of a Draft EIS published in the Federal Register
Planned
Target: 07/31/2017
Official Notice of Availability of a Final EIS published in the Federal Register
Planned
Target: 08/31/2018
Official Notice of Availability of a Supplemental Draft EIS published in the Federal Register
Official Notice of Availability of a Supplemental Final EIS published in the Federal Register
Issuance of Record of Decision or combined Final EIS / Record of Decision
Target: 12/31/2018
Issuance of an Amended Record of Decision
Department of Interior 08/31/2019 In Progress
Right-of-Way Authorization (DOI-BLM)
Milestones:
Initial application received
Complete 08/15/2011
Completed application received
11/10/2014
Issuance of decision for permit/approval.
Target: 12/31/2018
Notice to proceed
Review Terminated with no decision
Department of Interior 08/31/2019
Section 106 Review
Milestones:
Initial application received
Complete 09/28/2007
Completed application received
Complete 11/15/2016
Issuance of decision for permit/approval.
Target: 06/30/2019
Notice to proceed
Planned
Target: 08/31/2019
Review Terminated with no decision
Bureau of Land Management 08/31/2019 In Progress
Endangered Species Act Consultation - FWS
Milestones:
Date of Request for formal consultation received
Planned
Consultation Initiation Date
Planned
Final Biological Opinion Issued
Planned
Fish and Wildlife Service (Cooperating under FAST-41) Planned
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