Solar facilities targeting the Ivanpah Valley:The Renewable Energy Action Team (REAT)--a joint Federal and State policy working group--is developing the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP). The DRECP has incorporated some information from the Nature Conservancy's Mojave Desert Ecoregional Assessment, and determined that much of the Ivanpah Valley hosts an above average richness of rare species. On one map in the Nature Conservancy's assessment, most of the Ivanpah Valley is labeled as "ecologically core" and "ecologically intact." This has been confirmed by subsequent surveys showing the BrightSource Energy solar project is likely to displace or kill hundreds of desert tortoises, a species that has been in decline throughout its range since the 1980s.
- Ivanpah Solar Energy Generating System: Under construction by BrightSource Energy LLC, NRG, and Bechtel, with financing from Google. (5.6 square miles)
- Stateline Solar power project: Proposed by First Solar LLC (3.4 square miles)
- Silver State North and South: Proposed by First Solar LLC. BLM approved a portion of the project. (12 square miles)
document made available earlier this month.
|The larger map developed by the REAT shows conflict between Washington's proposed solar energy zones and important desert habitat.|
|The desert tortoise population has declined by nearly 90% over its entire range according to studies, making the Ivanpah Valley's thriving population even more remarkable, and worth preserving.|