Applications in variance areas that were received after October 28, 2011 are considered new variance applications, and are subject to the BLM Solar Program variance process as laid out in the Solar PEIS Record of Decision. Applications in variance areas that were received prior to October 28, 2011 are Pending Applications.
The BLM has conducted the Variance Process for several applications, and has received concurrence to proceed with processing from the BLM Director (Variance Determination) for the following projects:
- Maricopa Solar Park Project in Arizona, a proposed 300 MW photovoltaic facility;
- Luning Solar Energy Project in Nevada, a proposed 50 MW photovoltaic facility. On July 1, 2015 the BLM Carson City District, Stillwater Field Office, issued the Decision for the Environmental Assessment (EA) for Invenergy Solar Development LLC's Luning Solar Energy Project. The decision was for BLM to issue a right-of-way grant to Invenergy Solar Development LLC for the construction, operation and decommissioning of a 50 MW photovoltaic facility. The project also includes a 120 kilovolt generation-tie transmission line that would connect the project substation to the existing Table Mountain substation and two 40-acre mineral material sites. The EA and related documents are available on the BLM's ePlanning NEPA Register.
The locations of variance applications that have received BLM Director approval to proceed can be viewed on the map below and through Solar Mapper.
The BLM has also conducted the Variance Process for the following variance application:
- Silurian Valley Solar Project in California, a proposed 200 MW photovoltaic facility. Public comments were taken on this proposed project through May 28, 2014. In November 2014 the BLM denied this application as detailed in the Decision Document (1.5 MB).
As more variance applications are received, information about those applications will be made available through this web page.