Bureau of Land Management approves 485MW solar PV project in California

25 August 2015 (Last Updated August 25th, 2015 18:30)

The US Bureau of Land Management has approved construction of the 485MW Blythe Mesa solar photovoltaic (PV) project in California, US.

The US Bureau of Land Management has approved construction of the 485MW Blythe Mesa solar photovoltaic (PV) project in California, US.

Previously authorised by the US Department of the Interior, the project will involve development of the renewable facility on 3,587 acres of private land.

Once operational, the solar PV plant will be able to meet the power requirements of more than 145,000 homes in California.

It will be supported with a 230kV generation interconnection transmission line connecting it to the Colorado River Substation in eastern Riverside County.

"BLM is well on its way in realising the president’s vision of permitting 20,000MW of renewable energy on public land."

US Bureau of Land Management director Neil Kornze said: "Blythe Mesa is another step forward toward diversifying our nation’s energy portfolio to meet the growing demand for renewable resources.

"With this approval, the BLM is well on its way in realising the president’s vision of permitting 20,000MW of renewable energy on public land by the end of this decade."

Proposed by RRG Renewables, the solar power development is in-line with US President Barack Obama’s Climate Action Plan, which aims to reduce carbon emissions in the country and promote green energy set-ups, as well as creating new job opportunities.

US Land and Minerals Assistant Secretary Janice Schneider said: "The Department of the Interior is leading the way in facilitating responsible development of critical renewable energy resources that provide clean, sustainable energy to communities in the desert south-west."

This latest project is the 57th authorised by the Interior Department since 2009, bringing the total number of projects to 34 solar, 11 wind, and 12 geothermal utility-scale renewable energy facilities, with associated transmission infrastructure.

In total, the projects are expected to support more than 26,000 construction and operations jobs and generate nearly 15,000MW of electricity.