Genesis Solar Energy Project Wins Federal Approval


Environmental Science Associates (ESA), a leading California environmental consulting firm, successfully assisted the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) with interagency coordination and preparation of the final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Genesis Solar Energy Project. The Genesis Solar Energy Project, a 250 megawatt facility will use parabolic trough solar thermal technology that will produce enough clean electricity to power up to 187,500 homes. The project was proposed by Genesis Solar LLC, a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources. The project was licensed by the California Energy Commission on September 29, 2010 and approved by the Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar, on November 4, 2010.

The 250 megawatt project will cover nearly 1,950 acres of public lands 25 miles west of Blythe in Riverside County, California. It is expected to create approximately 1,085 direct jobs during peak construction, and 50 permanent jobs when fully operational. The project underwent extensive environmental review, starting with public scoping in November 2009, followed by a draft EIS in March 2010 and the final EIS on August 27, 2010. The BLM is requiring that Genesis Solar fund more than 2,000 acres of desert tortoise and Mojave fringe-toed lizard habitat to mitigate the project’s impacts.

“The Genesis Solar Energy Project final EIS needed to meet BLM’s accelerated schedule – in record time. The ESA team met the challenge. I’m proud of how our team was able to go the extra mile on this and several similar efforts where we met or beat project schedule milestones,” commented Robert Prohaska, ESA’s Southern California Energy Director.

ESA has managed the environmental process for more than 20 renewable energy projects throughout the West. As a valued partner to the BLM and other public agencies, the firm is able to meet fast-track demands with seasoned staff who understand the market, technology and processes for licensing, permitting, and environmental compliance.

Press Release: Genesis Solar Energy Project Wins Federal Approval