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November 11, 2020

BLM Approves Yellow Pine Solar Project

On November 6, 2020, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced the approval of the Yellow Pine Solar Project. This decision is supported by the analysis included in the Final Environmental Impact Statement (Final EIS) for this project issued in September 2020 under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

The Record of Decision (ROD) approves two separate-but-connected right-of-way applications, collectively known as the Yellow Pine Solar Project. First, the ROD approves Yellow Pine Solar, LLC's, right-of-way on public land to construct, operate and maintain a proposed solar energy generation station, with approximately 500 megawatts of generating capacity and ancillary facilities including battery storage. The ROD also approves GridLiance West, LLC's, right-of-way on public land to construct, operate, and maintain a GridLiance West 230-kilovolt Trout Canyon Substation and associated 230-kilovolt transmission line.

The Record of Decision, Final EIS, and other relevant documents are available through BLM National NEPA Register.

For more information, please contact the acting energy & infrastructure project manager at 702-515-5284.


September 4, 2020

Yellow Pine Solar Project Final EIS Published

On September 4, 2020, The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released the Final Environmental Impact Statement (Final EIS) for the Yellow Pine Solar Project.

The Final EIS addresses two separate-but-connected right-of-way applications for the Yellow Pine Solar Project. Yellow Pine Solar, LLC, and GridLiance West, LLC, seek to construct, operate, and maintain the project on about 3,000 acres of BLM-administered land in Clark County, Nevada, approximately 10 miles southeast of Pahrump and about 32 miles west of Las Vegas. The project applications include an approximately 500-megawatt solar energy generation station, including battery storage; and a 230‑kilovolt substation and associated 230-kV transmission line.

Key issues raised during the public comment period on the Draft EIS included potential biological, cultural, tribal, soils, vegetation, hydrological, visual and recreational resource impacts, fire risk/hazard, project alternatives, project design features/mitigation, and cumulative effects. The Final EIS includes the revisions made to address the comments on the Draft EIS, including incorporating recommendations from scientific literature and agency funded research to provide additional analysis and documentation on potential impacts and benefits to soils and vegetation.

The Final EIS and other relevant documents are available through BLM's ePlanning website. Following a 30-day Final EIS availability and review period, a Record of Decision will be issued.

For more information, please contact, Whitney Wirthlin, Acting Energy & Infrastructure Project Manager, at 702-515-5284.


May 11, 2020

BLM Approves Gemini Solar Project

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has issued the Record of Decision (ROD) for Solar Partners XI, LLC's application for a right-of-way (ROW) grant for the Gemini Solar Project. This decision is supported by the analysis included in the Proposed Resource Management Plan Amendment (RMPA) and Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) issued in December 2019 under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

The project within the jurisdiction of the BLM's Las Vegas Field Office will be constructed, operated, and maintained entirely on about 7,100 acres of BLM-administered lands located about 30 miles northeast of Las Vegas in Clark County, Nevada. The project includes a 690-megawatt photovoltaic solar electric generating facility, the largest solar project in U.S. history, and ancillary facilities, such as 34.5-kilovolt overhead and underground collector lines, a 2-acre operation and maintenance facility, three substations, various roads, perimeter fencing, water storage tanks for fire protection, drainage control features, a potential on-site water well or a new water pipeline, and improvements to existing NV Energy facilities to support interconnection. The project also includes a 380-megawatt solar-powered battery system able to store and deploy over 1,400 megawatt hours. The Project is expected to be constructed in two phases. The first phase of power generation could come on-line in 2021 with final completion as early as 2022.

The FEIS along with the ROD are available through BLM's ePlanning website. For more information, please contact the Las Vegas Field Office at [email protected], or [email protected].


March 27, 2020

Yellow Pine Solar Project Draft EIS Public Comment Period

The BLM Las Vegas Field Office is reviewing two separate-but-connected right-of-way applications for the Yellow Pine Solar Project. Yellow Pine Solar, LLC (YPS) and GridLiance West, LLC (GLW) seek to construct, operate, and maintain the facility on about 3,000 acres of BLM-administered land, which is located about 10 miles southeast of Pahrump and about 32 miles west of Las Vegas in Clark County, Nevada. The project application includes: 1) an up to 500-megawatt photovoltaic solar energy generation station including battery storage; and 2) a 230-kilovolt substation and associated 230-kV transmission line.

On March 20, 2020, the BLM released a Draft Environmental Impact Statement analyzing the environmental impacts of the proposed Yellow Pine Solar Project. The Draft EIS and other relevant documents are available through BLM's ePlanning website. The BLM has opened a 45-day public comment period, which will end on May 4, 2020. Comments can be submitted in one of three ways: 1) Email: [email protected]; 2) Fax: 702-515-5023; or 3) Mail: Yellow Pine Solar Project, Attn: Herman Pinales, BLM Las Vegas Field Office, 4701 N. Torrey Pines Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89130. Public meetings to discuss the project and its anticipated impact on BLM-managed public lands and resources may be held; alternative ways to provide stakeholder engagement are also currently being explored. The BLM will announce details of any meetings at least 15 days in advance through public notices, media releases, mailings, and on the BLM's ePlanning website.

For more information, please contact, Herman Pinales, Energy & Infrastructure Project Manager, at 702‑515‑5284.


January 1, 2020

BLM Releases Final EIS for Proposed Gemini Solar Project

In late December 2019 the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released the Proposed Resource Management Plan Amendment and Final Environmental Impact Statement analyzing the environmental impacts of the proposed Gemini Solar Project. Solar Partners, XI LLC (Arevia) proposes to construct, operate and eventually decommission the Gemini Solar Project, which consists of an approximately 690-megawatt alternating current solar photovoltaic power generating facility on roughly 7,100 acres of BLM administered land located about 33 miles northeast of Las Vegas and directly south of the Moapa River Indian Reservation. The Hybrid (BLM Preferred) Alternative would involve solar development utilizing a combination of traditional development methods in solar array areas (on roughly 2,500 acres) and mowing that leaves vegetation and natural land contours in place on the remaining solar array areas (on approximately 4,600 acres).

The BLM received 114 substantive letters and 1,147 individual substantive comments during the 90-day public comment period. Comments on the Draft RMP Amendment and EIS were considered and incorporated as appropriate into the Proposed RMP Amendment and Final EIS. Public comments did not result in the addition of substantive revisions to the Draft RMP Amendment and EIS that were published in June 2019. Responses to all comments are located in Appendix L of the Final EIS.

The FEIS and other relevant documents are available on the BLM's ePlanning website. The BLM will issue a Record of Decision within approximately 90 days of the publication of the December 27, 2019, Notice of Availability of the FEIS. The Record of Decision will be also be announced in a Notice of Availability in the Federal Register.

For more information, please contact Nicholas Pay, Acting Energy & Infrastructure Project Manager, at 702‑515‑5284.


July 17, 2018

BLM Seeks Comments on Gemini Solar Project Near Las Vegas

The Bureau of Land Management Las Vegas Field Office is seeking public comments on the proposed Gemini Solar Project in Clark County, Nevada. The Gemini Solar Project would consist of the construction, operation, and eventual decommissioning of solar modules and associated facilities necessary to generate up to 690 megawatts of electricity. The proposed project area includes 7,115 acres of public land 25 miles northeast of Las Vegas, Nevada, and extends approximately six miles north to south and four miles east to west, located adjacent and south/southeast of Interstate 15.

It is estimated that the project would generate up to 2,000 direct jobs at peak construction, with a permanent staff of seven operating the facility after construction.

A Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement and Land Use Plan Amendment, and a Notice of Segregation for the Proposed Gemini Solar Project in Clark County, Nevada was published in the July 13, 2018, Federal Register, opening a 45-day public comment period which closes on August 27, 2018.

The BLM will announce scoping meetings at least 15 days in advance in a news release that will be posted on the Bureau's website at https://go.usa.gov/xntTQ.

The BLM will consult with Native American tribes on a government-to-government basis in accordance with the applicable laws, regulations, Executive order 13175, and other policies. Tribal concerns will be given due consideration, including impacts in Indian Trust assets.

Written comments may be mailed to the BLM, Southern Nevada District, Energy & Infrastructure Project Manager, 4701 N. Torrey Pines Drive, Las Vegas, NV, 89130, or emailed to [email protected] or faxed to 702-515-5023. For more information, please call Herman Pinales at telephone 702-515-5284.

Before including addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, or other personal identifying information in comments, be aware that entire comments-including personal identifying information-may be made publicly available at any time. While commenters can request that personal identifying information be withheld from public review, the BLM cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.


July 17, 2018

BLM Seeks Comments on Yellow Pine Solar Project Near Pahrump

The Bureau of Land Management's Las Vegas Field Office is seeking public comments on a proposed energy project. The Yellow Pine Solar Project (Project) includes 9,290 acres of lands managed by the BLM and would generate up to 1,200 jobs at peak construction. The Project would consist of construction, operation, maintenance and eventual decommissioning of a 250-megawatt solar generation facility. The project's substation would have an interconnection point with the Valley Electric grid for connection to California. The proposed project is located in Clark County at the intersection of Nevada State Route 160 and Tecopa Road, approximately 10 miles southeast of Pahrump, Nevada, and approximately 32 miles west of Las Vegas.

A Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement and a Notice of Segregation for the Project was published on June 1 and opened a public comment period which closes on August 30, 2018. The Environmental Impact Statement will evaluate the proposed Project while the temporary segregation of public lands within the application area will promote the BLM's orderly administration of those lands.

The purpose of the public scoping process is to identify relevant issues that will influence the scope of the environmental analysis, including alternatives, and guide the process for developing the EIS. At present, the BLM has identified the following preliminary issues: threatened and endangered species, cultural resources, visual resources, surface water, recreation, socioeconomic effects and cumulative impacts. The congressionally designated Old Spanish National Historic Trail crosses the area. Habitat for the federally listed desert tortoise is in this proposal area.

Written comments may be mailed to the BLM, Southern Nevada District, Renewable Energy Project Manager, 4701 N. Torrey Pines Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89130, or emailed to [email protected]. For more information, please call Herman Pinales at (702) 515-5284.

More information about the project can be found on the BLM's ePlanning website at https://go.usa.gov/xQF3z.

Before including your address, phone number, email address or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment — including your personal identifying information — may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.


August 14, 2015

BLM Extends Public Comment Period for Dry Lake Valley North SEZ Solar Regional Mitigation Strategy

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has extended the comment period for the Dry Lake Valley North SEZ Solar Regional Mitigation Strategy draft document to August 28, 2015.

On July 9, 2015, the BLM released the Draft Regional Mitigation Strategy for the 25,069-acre Dry Lake Valley North Solar Energy Zone (SEZ) in Lincoln County, Nevada. The BLM has issued a Press Release on the document, and is asking the public to review and provide comments on the draft strategy, which can be found on the Dry Lake Valley North Project Website.

The Dry Lake Valley North SEZ is the largest of the 5 SEZs in Nevada and, when fully built, could produce up to 4,000 MW of renewable energy. It is located about 15 miles west of Pioche and 15 miles northwest of Caliente. The SEZ is framed by the North Pahroc Range to the west, and the West Range, Bristol Range, Highland Range, Ely Springs Range, Black Canyon Range, and Burnt Springs Range to the east.

BLM requests comments by August 28, 2015.

Written comments may be submitted to the BLM Ely District Office, HC 33 Box 33500, Ely, NV, 89301, Attn: Dan Netcher or via email to [email protected].


July 27, 2015

Dry Lake Valley North SEZ Solar Regional Mitigation Strategy: Public Webinar August 6

On Thursday, August 6, 2015, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will host a public webinar on the draft Solar Regional Mitigation Strategy (SRMS) document for the Dry Lake Valley North Solar Energy Zone in Nevada. The purpose of this webinar is to present the contents of the document and address stakeholder questions. The draft document was made available for public review on July 10, 2015, and written comments are being accepted through August 14th. The document is available through the Dry Lake Valley North Project Website.

The webinar will be held from 1 to 2:30 PM Pacific Time on August 6th.

The dial-in number for the webinar is: 1-888-850-4523; passcode 858755.
The URL is: http://anl.adobeconnect.com/dlvn_srms/.
Please include your organization name (if applicable) when logging in to the webinar. No password is needed.

If you are planning to participate in this webinar, please RSVP to: [email protected]. For more information about this Solar Regional Mitigation Strategy project contact Dan Netcher, Project Manager, BLM Ely District ([email protected]).


July 10, 2015

Draft Regional Mitigation Strategy for Dry Lake Valley North SEZ Available for Review

On July 9, 2015, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released the Draft Regional Mitigation Strategy for the 25,069-acre Dry Lake Valley North Solar Energy Zone (SEZ) in Lincoln County, Nevada. The BLM has issued a Press Release on the document, and is asking the public to review and provide comments on the draft strategy, which can be found on the Dry Lake Valley North Project Website.

The Dry Lake Valley North SEZ is the largest of the 5 SEZs in Nevada and, when fully built, could produce up to 4,000 MW of renewable energy. It is located about 15 miles west of Pioche and 15 miles northwest of Caliente. The SEZ is framed by the North Pahroc Range to the west, and the West Range, Bristol Range, Highland Range, Ely Springs Range, Black Canyon Range, and Burnt Springs Range to the east.

BLM requests comments by August 14, 2015.

Written comments may be submitted to the BLM Ely District Office, HC 33 Box 33500, Ely, NV, 89301, Attn: Dan Netcher or via email to [email protected].


July 1, 2015

BLM Issues Decision on Luning Solar Energy Project

The BLM Carson City District, Stillwater Field Office, has issued the Decision for the Environmental Assessment (EA) for Invenergy Solar Development LLC's Luning Solar Energy Project. The proposal for this project has been processed as a variance application by the BLM.

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 megawatt name-plate capacity, solar photovoltaic generating 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.

See the BLM news release for more information.


May 21, 2015

BLM Seeking Comments on Luning Solar Energy Project

The BLM Carson City District, Stillwater Field Office, has announced that it has completed the Environmental Assessment (EA) to analyze potential impacts for the Luning Solar Energy Project proposed by Invenergy Solar Development LLC. The Luning Solar Energy Project is a proposed 50 MW photovoltaic facility in Mineral County, Nevada, approximately three miles north of Luning, Nevada, on approximately 560 acres of BLM-administered land. The proposal is being processed as a variance application by the BLM.

The public is invited to comment on the EA through June 8, 2015. See the BLM news release for more information and instructions for commenting. The EA is available through the BLM Nevada Carson City District Office NEPA page.


June 3, 2014

Dry Lake and Dry Lake Valley North SEZ Groundwater Models Available

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has released groundwater models and reports for the Dry Lake and Dry Lake Valley North Solar Energy Zones in Nevada. The purpose of these models is to assess potential impacts associated with groundwater withdrawals to support solar energy development in the vicinity of the SEZs. These are numerical models developed using established software and hydrogeological principles that rely on publicly available geospatial, geologic, and hydrologic data.

To view the reports and models, visit the Groundwater Modeling for the Dry Lake SEZ page and the Groundwater Modeling for the Dry Lake Valley North SEZ page.


May 30, 2014

BLM Nevada Releases Notice of Competitive Auction for Dry Lake SEZ

On May 30, 2014, the BLM Nevada State Office published a Notice of Competitive Auction for Solar Energy Development on Public Lands in the State of Nevada. This notice announces that the BLM will hold an oral auction on June 30, 2014, at the City of North Las Vegas Council Chambers, 2250 Las Vegas Blvd, North Las Vegas, NV 89030, to select high bidders and preferred applicants to submit right-of-way applications for solar energy projects within the Dry Lake SEZ. The BLM is offering up to approximately 3,083 acres of public land in 6 parcels within the SEZ.

Existing regulations authorize the BLM to determine whether competition exists among ROW applications filed for the same facility or system. The regulations also allow the BLM to resolve any such competition by using competitive bidding procedures. The BLM will use a competitive sealed and oral bid process to select preferred applicants to submit ROW applications and plans of development for solar energy development in the Dry Lake SEZ. Details on fee and bid requirements are provided in the notice. The bid statement format and a complete description of the bid process are contained in an Invitation for Bids package (see Dry Lake Competitive Leasing). All grants will be issued subject to valid existing rights in accordance with 43 CFR 2805.14.

The BLM will host a webinar for interested bidders on Tuesday, June 17, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Pacific Time to discuss the bidding process and answer any questions regarding the competitive auction scheduled for June 30, 2014, for the Dry Lake SEZ. The dial-in number for the webinar is: 1-888-850-4523; Passcode 473080. The URL for the webinar is: http://anl.adobeconnect.com/blmsezauction/. For more information regarding the auction and the webinar contact Greg Helseth, Renewable Energy Project Manager, by telephone at 702-515-5173 or by email at [email protected].


March 14, 2014

BLM Seeks Public Interest in Development in the Dry Lake SEZ and Releases Dry Lake SEZ Regional Mitigation Strategy

In accordance with BLM's interim competitive procedures, the BLM Washington Office is publishing a Notice Seeking Public Interest for Solar Energy Development on Public Lands in the Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone in Clark County, Nevada. Those wishing to participate should submit a letter of interest and preliminary right-of-way application to the BLM. This public notification is the first step to possible competitive solar energy development on public lands in the Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone (SEZ). Interested parties have 30-days to respond. If the BLM determines that sufficient competition exists, the BLM may use a competitive bidding process, consistent with its regulations, to select a preferred applicant in the SEZ. For more information, see the press release.

This announcement also includes the release of 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 strategy takes into account the resource conditions of the land and regional trends informed by BLM's recent Rapid Ecoregional Assessments, and is the first of several such mitigation strategies to be developed by the BLM for SEZs. The Dry Lake SEZ regional mitigation strategy document is available from the BLM National Operations Center Library. More information about the pilot project is available on the BLM's Dry Lake SEZ Solar Regional Mitigation Planning Project page.


March 7, 2014

Solar Regional Mitigation Strategy for the Dry Lake Valley North Solar Energy Zone: Open House Meeting in Caliente, Nevada, March 25, 2014

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will host an open house meeting to discuss the Solar Regional Mitigation Strategy (SRMS) for the Dry Lake Valley North Solar Energy Zone (SEZ) on March 25, 2014 from 4p.m. – 6:30 p.m., at the BLM Caliente Field Office located at 1400 South Front Street, in Caliente, Nevada 89008. If you are planning to attend the open house please email your RSVP to [email protected].

The BLM is also asking the public to review and provide comment on a draft assessment of unavoidable impacts associated with the development of the 25,069-acre Dry Lake Valley North SEZ in Lincoln County, Nevada that may warrant off-site mitigation. The public is also invited to submit candidate sites where such mitigation actions might occur. The deadline to provide comment is Friday, April 4, 2014 (see instructions below).

More information about the Dry Lake Valley North SRMS, including the assessment of unavoidable impacts that may warrant off-site mitigation, is available through the project website at: http://www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/ely_field_office/blm_programs/energy/dry_lake_valley_north.html

Written comments may be submitted to the BLM Southern Nevada District Office, 4701 N. Torrey Pines Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89130 Attn: Michael Dwyer or via email to [email protected]. Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment – including your personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

The Dry Lake Valley North SEZ Solar Regional Mitigation Strategy is expected to be completed in summer 2014 and will guide actions designed to compensate for the long-term loss of resource values in the SEZ. For more information, contact Michael Dwyer, BLM project manager, at (702) 515-5186 or [email protected].


November 7, 2013

Solar Regional Mitigation Strategy for the Dry Lake Valley North SEZ: Public Field Trip, November 19, 2013, 1pm

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is starting work on a solar regional mitigation strategy (SRMS) for the Dry Lake Valley North Solar Energy Zone (SEZ). To start this process, the BLM will host a public field trip to the SEZ on November 19, 2013. Interested parties will meet at 1 p.m. at the trailhead for the Silver State Off-Highway Vehicle Trail, approximately 3.5 miles north of the Great Basin Highway (93) on N. Poleline Road. The intersection of U.S. 93 and Poleline Road is approximately 27.5 miles east of the intersection of US 93 and Highway 318 near Alamo, and approximately 17 miles west of Caliente on U.S. 93. The field trip is expected to last approximately two hours. Because of the short notice for this field trip, an additional field trip may be scheduled for a later date if there is sufficient interest.

If you are planning to attend the field trip please email your RSVP to: [email protected]

The BLM is in the process of launching a Dry Lake Valley North SRMS project website; when the page becomes available a notice will be sent to all stakeholders. Relevant documents and information about project schedule and future workshops will be posted to the Dry Lake Valley North SRMS project website.

Questions about the Dry Lake Valley North SRMS should be directed to Mike Dwyer, BLM Program Manager, at [email protected]

Updated: 11/11/2020