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Welcome to BLM’s NEPA website for the Palen Solar Project Supplemental EIS/ EIR/ Land Use Plan Amendment
The Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)/ Environmental Impact Report (EIR)/ Land Use Plan Amendment for the Palen Solar Project (formerly Palen Solar Power Project) is available for review and comment as of October 27, 2017. The comment period closes December 11, 2017.

EDF Renewable Energy (EDF RE) has amended and is seeking approval of the pending Right-of-Way (ROW) application CACA-48810 to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for the construction and operation of the Palen Solar Project (PSP), a new 500 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) facility located on approximately 4,200 acres of BLM-administered public lands in Riverside County, approximately 10 miles east of Desert Center and north of Interstate 10. Construction is proposed to roughly span 30 months from Issuance of a Notice to Proceed (NTP), expected to occur sometime in 2018. Commercial operation may be phased between 2018 and 2021. Once completed, the facility would deliver power to Southern California Edison’s (SCE) existing Red Bluff Substation.
In addition to changing the technology in the pending ROW application CA-48810, the proposed PSP solar PV facility would consist of the following main components:
 A single large solar field with two smaller adjacent solar fields for a total of 3 solar fields;
1)     200 power blocks of electrical generating capacity of 2.5 MW each;
2)     An electrical substation;
3)     An operations and maintenance building;
4)     Up to 7 on-site groundwater wells;
5)     1 temporary 28-acre construction laydown area;
6)     A roadway system consisting of internal and perimeter roads;
7)     A main access road from the I-10/Corn Springs interchange;
8)     An approximately 7-mile single-circuit 230 kV generation interconnection transmission line (gen-tie line) extending from the project switchyard to the existing SCE Red Bluff Substation.

The BLM will function as the lead Federal agency under NEPA. The BLM is responsible for review of the application for a grant of right-of-way for federally managed lands by authority of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA). The BLM field office involved is the Palm Springs South Coast Field Office in California. The County of Riverside will function as the lead agency under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The proposed construction of offsite groundwater wells on private land necessitates the inclusion of Riverside County as an authorizing entity since the wells access groundwater within the jurisdiction of the County.