Three of the projects, however, have full-approval target dates of this December. They’re all solar projects, two of them in Riverside County, Calif., headed up by NextEra’s McCoy Solar Energy. This is a huge photovoltaic project; at 750 MW it’s bigger than the 550-MW Topaz Solar Farm now under construction in San Luis Obispo County, Calif.
McCoy would take up 7,700 acres of BLM land, plus 470 acres of private land, and would require a 16-mile transmission line to connect to Southern California Edison’s Colorado River substation. A draft environmental impact statement has been published for the project, with a public comment period running through the 23rd of this month.
The second Riverside County solar project is enXco’s Desert Harvest installation, and the last of the three projects with 2012 approval targets is Quartzside Solar Energy, a 100-MW concentrating solar project in La Paz County, Arizona.
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