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EDF Renewables proposes to construct and operate a 500-megawatt (MWac), solar photovoltaic (PV), energy-generating project known as the Palen Solar Project. The Project would occupy 3,478 acres of federal lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Riverside County, California, approximately 10 miles east of the unincorporated community of Desert Center, north of Interstate 10.
The Project lies within a BLM Solar Energy Zone and Development Focus Area specifically marked for utility-scale renewable energy development. Because it would use passive solar PV, the Project’s environmental footprint is smaller than the “solar trough” and “power tower” projects previously proposed for the project site.
The BLM and Riverside County published a joint Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement / Environmental Impact Report assessing the environmental impacts of the project in October 2017.
The project would use a clean, unlimited fuel source – the Sun – to generate enough energy to power approximately 100,000 California homes while supporting state renewable energy goals. Palen Solar would also create good-paying jobs while generating economic activity and local tax revenues that support vital public services in local communities in and around Riverside County.
The project will generate significant direct and economic benefits within Riverside County and create construction and service industry jobs.
- Estimated to yield up to $5.3 million in local sales tax revenues.
- Approximately $289 million would be spent on construction related employee compensation.
- Approximately $24 million would be spent on operations employee compensation.
- The 2.5-year construction period would employ an average of 556 workers with a peak of 1,145 workers.
- Labor would be unionized, withthe majority residing in and aroundRiverside County.