These two projects alone would fence off and bulldoze over 10,000 acres, and as you can see in the graphic below, the desert valley that currently is home to desert tortoise, Mojave fringe-toed lizard, bighorn sheep, lynx, burrowing owls, and kit fox will be transformed into an industrial zone if all of the remaining projects are approved.
|Proposed solar energy projects and the solar energy study zone targeting much of the Chuckwalla Valley, according to a graphic prepared by the California Energy Commission Staff for the Palen Solar project|
|The valley pictured above would be scarred by Solar Millennium's proposed Palen Solar power project is approved by the California Energy Commission. Screenshot from CEC Staff report on the Palen Solar project.|
For more information on the natural resources and some excellent photos, check out Basin and Range Watch's Chuckwalla page.