Two SEZs were identified in Arizona through the Record of Decision (ROD) for the Solar PEIS: Brenda SEZ and Gillespie SEZ.
Arizona has conducted a statewide planning effort for facilitating renewable energy development (the Restoration Design Energy Project or RDEP) that builds off of the Solar PEIS, for which a ROD was signed in January 2013.
The ROD for the RDEP identified an additional SEZ: the Agua Caliente SEZ in western Arizona.
In the Solar PEIS, the BLM committed to establishing a solar regional mitigation strategy (SRMS) for each SEZ. These regional mitigation strategies are expected to simplify and improve the mitigation process for future solar projects in SEZs.
The BLM has developed a solar regional mitigation strategy for the Arizona solar energy zones (SEZs). Extensive information on the Arizona Solar Regional Mitigation Strategy is available on the project website, at: http://www.blm.gov/az/st/en/prog/energy/solar/arizona_regional_mitigation.html