(Las Vegas, NV) As part of President Obama’s all-of-the-above energy strategy to continue to expand domestic energy production, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced Monday the approval of two major renewable energy projects in Nevada that, when built, are expected to deliver up to 420 megawatts to the electricity grid – enough to power nearly 165,000 homes – and to help support more than 500 jobs through construction and operations.
“These projects reflect the Obama Administration’s commitment to expand responsible domestic energy production on our public lands and diversify our nation’s energy portfolio,” Secretary Jewell said. “Today’s
approvals will help bolster rural economies by generating good jobs and reliable power and advance our national energy security.”
The BLM has identified an additional 15 active renewable energy proposals slated for review this year and next. The BLM identified these projects through a process that emphasizes early consultation and collaboration with its sister agencies at Interior – the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the National Park Service.
“The President has called for America to continue taking bold steps on clean energy,” said the BLM Principal Deputy Director Neil Kornze. “Our smart-from-the-start analysis has helped us do just that, paving the way for responsible development of utility-scale renewable energy projects in the right way and in the right places.”
The Midland Solar Project is a 350-megawatt solar photovoltaic facility. Proposed by Boulder Solar Power, LLC,
the project will be built on private lands about seven miles southwest from Boulder City and will cross 76 acres of federal transmission corridor.
The project will provide enough electricity to power about 105,000 homes and
generate a peak construction workforce of about 350 employees and up to 10 permanent jobs. Boulder Solar Power, LLC worked closely with the BLM, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Nevada Department of Wildlife to develop monitoring
and conservation measures that will avoid, minimize and mitigate potential impacts.
The New York Canyon Geothermal Project and electrical transmission facility will be built on 15,135 acres
of land managed by the BLM about 25 miles east of Lovelock, Nevada in Pershing County. TGP Dixie Development Company, LLC, a subsidiary of TerraGen Power, LLC, will build the 70-megawatt project and associated 230-kilovolt electrical
The project will provide enough electricity to power about 60,000 homes and create an estimated 150 peak construction jobs and 16 full- and part-time operational jobs. The BLM worked closely with its partners and stakeholders to
minimize environmental impacts. For example, a Bird and Bat Conservation Strategy was developed to assess the area’s avian wildlife and reduce impacts on these populations. In addition, there are no listed, proposed or candidate
threatened or endangered species present in the project area.
Since 2009 Interior has approved 25 utility-scale solar facilities, 9 wind farms and 11 geothermal plants, with associated transmission corridors and infrastructure to connect to established power grids. When built, these projects could provide more than 12,500 megawatts of power, or enough electricity to power more than 4.4 million homes, and support an estimated 17,000 construction and operations jobs.