Bureau of Land Management Solar Energy Program Western Solar Plan

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Mitigation Strategy for the Dry Lake SEZ

The BLM has developed a solar regional mitigation strategy (SRMS) and an implementation plan for the SRMS for the Dry Lake solar energy zone (SEZ).

In March 2014, the BLM released the Regional Mitigation Strategy for the Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone (BLM Technical Note 444) (PDF, 3.9 MB), a pilot effort by the BLM that identifies mitigation priorities and options in advance of development. The SRMS takes into account the resource conditions of the land and regional trends informed by BLM's recent Rapid Ecoregional Assessments, and was the first of several such mitigation strategies to be developed for SEZs by the BLM. In December 2015, the Implementation Plan for the Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone Regional Mitigation Strategy (PDF, 569 KB) was released. This document details the selection of the Piute-Eldorado Valley ACEC as the mitigation location to compensate for resources that will be lost as a result of solar development in the Dry Lake SEZ. Both the SRMS and the Implementation Plan were developed in collaboration with stakeholders.

Further information on the Dry Lake SEZ Solar Regional Mitigation Strategy project is available on the project website, at: http://www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/lvfo/blm_programs/energy/dry_lake_solar_energy.html, or by contacting Greg Helseth at ghelseth@blm.gov.

Updated: 5/17/2016