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BLM seeking comments on new solar project near border

The Bureau of Land Management will prepare an environmental impact statement for a proposed solar project in San Bernardino County.

The BLM announced Thursday that it is accepting public comments on Stateline Solar Farm, a 350 megawatt solar project that should serve about 100,000 homes when completed. The proposed site is two miles from the Nevada border, close to the Ivanpah Solar Project already under construction. The agency will use the comments to draft an environmental impact statement on the 5,540-acre project, which will use photovoltaic technology.

Oakland-based First Solar Development Inc. applied for the project in Dec. 2006. First Solar Development is part of First Solar, an international solar development company.

First Solar Development and the BLM did not return calls for comment.

Comments on the EIS can be submitted to until Sept. 6.

Barclays to help fund Calico Project

Barclays Capital announced an energy partnership with K Road Power, the owner of the nearby Calico Solar Project.

Through the partnership, the international bank will invest in K Road Power’s solar projects, including the 850-megwatt site 37 miles east of Barstow that should generate energy for 350,000 homes when completed.

Sean Gallagher, K Road’s managing director of government and regulatory affairs, could not disclose how much Barclay will fund Calico Solar’s two-part projects set to finish in 2014 and 2016. But Barclays’ investment will “help us progress the project beyond development into construction,” he said.

In addition to Calico Solar, K Road also has a 350 megawatt solar project north of Las Vegas.


Ivanpah working to fix storm damage at site

Ivanpah Solar announced Friday that it is repairing damages to the site of the 392-megawatt facility caused by storms in early July.

Areas currently under construction were affected the most by a July 5 storm , said a report from the project, which once completed will serve more than 140,000 homes. Parking areas and construction trailers were flooded because a fence failed to hold back water and sediment on the site. The storm also flooded a culvert and clogged it with sediment.

The report said Ivanpah has since repaired tortoise fences that were damaged by sediment trapped against the fences from the flooding. The perimeter fences are used to keep the tortoises in the area out of the site.

The Energy Commission Siting Committee inspected the site on July 11 and recommended that the project remove the fence between site and the parking and construction trailer area to prevent further issues from the sediment built-up.

The report did not specify if Ivanpah’s construction schedule was affected by the storms and the Energy Commission did not return phone calls for further details.

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