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Arizona 2013 RDEP

The Restoration Design Energy Project (RDEP) was developed to:

  • identify geographic areas best suited for renewable energy,
  • establish land reuse goals, and
  • identify design features to protect resource values and uses.

The RDEP amended the following land use plans in Arizona: Arizona Strip Field Office RMP; Bradshaw-Harquahala RMP; Kingman Resource Area RMP; Lake Havasu RMP; Lower Sonoran RMP; Phoenix RMP; Safford RMP; and Yuma RMP.

The RDEP identified:

  1. 192,100 acres of Renewable Energy Development Areas (REDAs) in Arizona (defined as designated leasing areas [DLAs] in the 2017 updates to right-of-way [ROW] regulations), areas where solar and wind energy development is likely to be compatible with resource objectives; and
  2. 2,500 acre Agua Caliente SEZ where utility-scale solar energy development may be considered and could be approved without a plan amendment.

In addition to incorporating the best management practices (BMPs) of the Wind PEIS ROD and design features of the Solar PEIS ROD, the RDEP includes a suite of design features specific to Arizona that establish the minimum specifications for managing individual renewable energy projects and mitigating adverse impacts. Appropriate design features must be incorporated into project-specific plans of development, plans of operation, and ROW grants.

Additional information is available about the permitting process for solar energy projects within DLAs, including REDAs.