Solar Project near Johnson Valley

kim

Rescue 3
Anyone know about this project? Any details?

http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/info/newsroom/2009/july/CDD0955_lucerne_solar_meetings.html

Release Date: 07/15/09
Contacts: Stephen Razo , 951-697-5217 , srazo@ca.blm.gov
David Briery , 951-697-5220 , dbriery@ca.blm.gov
News Release No. CA-CDD-09-55
BLM Schedules Public Scoping Meetings for Solar Project in California Desert
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will hold public scoping meetings as part of an environmental review on the impacts of the proposed Lucerne Valley Solar Project in San Bernardino County, Calif. Chevron Energy Solutions has applied to the BLM for a right-of-way (ROW) on public lands to construct the solar photovoltaic power plant on approximately 516 acres about eight miles east of the community of Lucerne Valley.

BLM public scoping meetings will be held July 29 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at the Lucerne Valley Community Center, 33187 Highway 247 East, Lucerne Valley CA 92356 and July 30 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at the Family Life Public Enterprise Center, Conference Room 13, 1505 W. Highland Ave, San Bernardino CA 92411. The meetings will be part of a 30-day public scoping period that will begin later this week with publication in the Federal Register of the Notice of Intent (NOI) to conduct the environmental review.

During the scoping period, BLM solicits public comment on issues, concerns, potential impacts, alternatives, and mitigation measures that should be considered in the analysis of the proposed action. The agency then
will use the public scoping comments in preparing the draft environmental documents, which are anticipated to be available for public review in late 2009.

BLM, as the lead agency under the National Environmental Policy Act, prepares the environmental impact statement (EIS) to analyze the site-specific impacts of the ROW application and a possible amendment to the California Desert Conservation Area Plan. The EIS will analyze the site-specific impacts on air quality, biological resources, cultural resources, water resources, geological resources and hazards, hazardous materials handling, land use, noise, and visual resources and transmission system engineering and transmission line safety.

If approved by the BLM, construction of the 45-megawatt (MW) thin-film photovoltaic project is proposed to begin December 1, 2010. The project would be constructed in two phases. Phase I would consist of up to 180,000 photovoltaic panels with a generating capacity of 20 MW. Phase II, with a generating capacity of 25 MW, would be similarly configured.

Related structures would include the construction of a new switchyard, control/maintenance building, and parking area. This facility would be accessed through an adjacent county road. A BLM open route on the project site may be realigned, but would remain designated as an open route. This solar project would be connected to an existing adjacent 33-kiloVolt (kV) distribution system.

Further details can be found at www.ca.blm.gov/barstow. Please e-mail any questions to LucerneSolar@blm.gov.
 
Wayne, will this negatively affect JV OHV use due to dust concerns? Not sure what the prevailing wind direction is out there.
 

kim

Rescue 3
Wayne, will this negatively affect JV OHV use due to dust concerns? Not sure what the prevailing wind direction is out there.
A bunch of us are going to the scoping meeting on the 29th. It appears that this project is not near the open area however, you raise a good question regarding wind and dust. We'll find out more later. I did find out that there are dozens of solar and wind apps pending with the BLM. Green companies wanting to cash in on Obamabucks.

Will update as more info is learned.
 

Wayne_Nosala

Well-Known Member
Impact very minimum to JV open area, boundry is many miles away.

There are other project applications in the works that are of more concern

One in particlar was in the Fry Mountain area wind turbine project that would have effected MORE & MDR
courses, but the military withdrawl filed with BLM has put it on hold.

Wayne
 
Impact very minimum to JV open area, boundry is many miles away.
My fear is that the plant's operators my claim we're lowering the efficiency of their system and cause permit problems or mitigation costs to the OHV community.

Gotta wholesale hookup for Windex? :(
 

Vtr_Racing

Well-Known Member
Looks like its on the opposite side of the highway but they could try to find something to complain about.
 
Wind and dust don't care about 247 or CalTrans, not that far in a straight shot.
 

Wayne_Nosala

Well-Known Member
There is a solar project near Jawbone Canyon I have been
working with the applicant. They are going to preserve a OHV trail
right along the plant.

Its in a very high dust area regardless of OHV traffic or not, Its
in the middle of a abandoned disturbed alfalfa field. When the wind blows,
its really picks up the soil.

They claim they are experienced with dust abatement, We shall see
I did tour the plant at Kramer, and looked like they had dust issue
well under control

Like I said, This project described in the original post should not impact
recreation opportunity.

Wayne
 

NIKAL

Well-Known Member
Not to change the subject, but there is a solar farm going in down in Plaster City. It is suppose to start at the Imperial Hwy Exit and go all the way to the Dunaway Rd exit. It will be between I-8 and Even Hewe's hwy. So at this point it wouldn't directly effect the areas that MDR, Drive and D38 race on, but the next concern is will they complain about the dust? A course this year at the last few races in PC their has been some pretty good wind storms that have caused more dust then the actual race has. Maybe the BLM will have to banned Mother Nature from blowing wind down there too!
 

Wayne_Nosala

Well-Known Member
Not to change the subject, but there is a solar farm going in down in Plaster City. It is suppose to start at the Imperial Hwy Exit and go all the way to the Dunaway Rd exit. It will be between I-8 and Even Hewe's hwy. So at this point it wouldn't directly effect the areas that MDR, Drive and D38 race on, but the next concern is will they complain about the dust? A course this year at the last few races in PC their has been some pretty good wind storms that have caused more dust then the actual race has. Maybe the BLM will have to banned Mother Nature from blowing wind down there too!

This is the purpose of public scoping, To address these issues. These private companies are
a bit more sensitive to impacts of thier projects. Generally they work well with
concerns of residents, property owners and users of lands

There is a lot of money to be made by these projects, making little
impact to the surroundings is ultemetly thier goal

Making everone happy is the first step, obviusly thay can grind to a halt
if not the case
Wayne
 
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