BLM to solicit discuss 600-MW solar project in Arizona

Jan 6, 2023 01:48 PM ET
  • The United States Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will certainly hold 2 public meetings this month to collect feedback for the 600-MW Jove solar project proposed to be mounted on public lands in Arizona.
BLM to solicit discuss 600-MW solar project in Arizona
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The scoping meetings are scheduled for January 11 and also January 17, the government agency announced on Thursday. By holding them, BLM will look for to solicit public comments as well as identify issues related to the scheme.

Jove imagines the setup of PV modules on 3,495 acres (1,414 hectares) of public land in southeastern La Paz County, regarding 85 miles west of Phoenix. The project will also encompass an additional 38 acres of La Paz County land. The future wind farm is prepared to link to the grid via the yet-to-be-built 10 West Web link 500-kV transmission line.

According to official documents, the solar (PV) park could be paired with a battery storage space system.

In December 2022, BLM released a Notification of Intent to prepare an environmental impact statement for Jove Solar. The notice marks the begin of the formal scoping as well as a two-year mineral segregation process.

Jove Solar is just one of 3 projects on public lands in Arizona that can jointly include around 1 GW of power generation capacity. The other 2 are the 250-MW Pinyon Solar in Maricopa County as well as the 300-MW Elisabeth Solar in Yuma County.

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