“The Bureau of Land Management has released its final environmental impact statement for the proposed Ocotillo Sol Solar Energy Project.
“In order to go forward, the proposed project also calls for an amendment to the California Desert Conservation Area Plan, which would identify its proposed site as suitable for solar energy development.”
“A ReWire investigation has revealed that since mid-March, two large industrial solar power plants in California’s remote, arid desert may have killed or injured more than 20 birds commonly associated with lakes or wetlands rather than the open desert surrounding the projects.”
“Rivaling the Sahara Desert in solar intensity, California’s Mojave Desert is again attracting plans for industrial-scale solar and wind projects on pristine public land near Death Valley National Park and the Mojave National Preserve, two of the largest parks in the Lower 48 states.
“The proposals are drawing fire from area residents and a prominent conservation group.”
“A massive proposed solar energy project south of Blythe that was suspended by its backers in January was formally canceled on Monday. The Rio Mesa Solar Electric Generating System, which would have put two 750-foot-tall power towers on a bluff in view of the Colorado River, had attracted criticism for its effect on fossil resurces and wildlife, as well as the cost of the power it would have generated.”
“A proposal to build one of the world’s largest solar farms south of Silicon Valley took a major step forward this week when a state appeals court rejected a lawsuit by environmental groups who have tried to stop it on the grounds it could harm endangered species.”