Solar PEIS Public Meetings Announced

The Department of the Interior and Department of Energy have announced a series of public meetings during which concerns about the Solar Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement  (Solar PEIS) can be expressed.   The Solar PEIS outlines Washington's plan to site renewable energy development on public lands throughout the American southwest.  The plan could impact hundreds of square miles of pristine desert habitat, including large plots of land in the Mojave Desert.  You can access the State-specific chapters for the PEIS at the Desert Protective Council website or the Solar PEIS website.

Below is a list of the public meetings.

  • Wednesday, February 2, 2011 at 1:00pm:  Hilton Garden Inn Washington DC Downtown, 815 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20005
  • Monday, February 7, 2011 at 7:00pm:  Imperial County Admin. Center, 940 W. Main Street, Suite 211, El Centro, CA 92243
  • Tuesday, February 8, 2011 at 7:00pm:  Hyatt Grand Champions Resort, 44-600 Indian Wells Lane, Indian Wells, CA 92210
  • Tuesday, February 15, 2011 at 7:00pm:  Ramada Las Vegas, 325 East Flamingo Road, Las Vegas, NV 89169
  • Wednesday, February 16, 2011 at 7:00pm:  Esmeralda County School, 270 N. Euclid Avenue, Goldfield, NV 89013
  • Thursday, February 17, 2011 at 7:00pm:  Caliente Elementary School, 280 Lincoln Street, Caliente, NV 89008
  • Tuesday, February 22, 2011 at 7:00pm: Hilton Sacramento Arden West, 2200 Harvard St., Sacramento, CA 95815
  • Wednesday, February 23, 2011 at 7:00pm:  Holiday Inn Express, 2700 Lenwood Road, Barstow, CA 92311
  • Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at 7:00pm:  Sheraton Crescent Hotel, 2620 W. Dunlap Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85021
  • Wednesday, March 2, 2011 at 7:00pm:  Pima Community College, 4905 E. Broadway, Building C, Room 105, Tucson, AZ 85709 (LOCATION TENTATIVE)
  • Thursday, March 3, 2011 at 7:00pm:  Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces, 705 S. Telshor Boulevard, Las Cruces, NM 88011
  • Monday, March 7, 2011 at 7:00pm:  San Luis Valley Regional Medical Center Education and Conference Center, 1921 Main Street, Alamosa, CO 81101
  • Wednesday, March 9, 2011 at 7:00pm:  Crystal Inn Hotel & Suites, 1575 West 200 North, Cedar City, UT 84720
  • Thursday, March 10, 2011 at 7:00pm:  Hampton Inn & Suites – Airport, 307 N. Admiral Byrd Road, Salt Lake City, UT 84116
The meeting site in each city will open one hour prior to the official start time of the scheduled public meeting, and will be closed after all individuals who wish to speak have been heard. Transcripts of public comments will be made.

You can register to speak at the meeting by going to the Solar PEIS website -- there is a registration link beneath each listed meeting.

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