Public Meeting to discuss Stateline Solar power project:
Where: Primm Valley Golf Club
1 Yates Well Road
Nipton, CA 92364
When: 31 August, 6-9 pm
POC: Jeff Childers, firstname.lastname@example.org
More info: BLM press release, click here.
Some issues of concern to consider:
- The Ivanpah Valley's habitat supports a robust and healthy desert tortoise population, which is special since the desert tortoise is in decline throughout its range.
- The Stateline project will put additional stress on a tortoise population already displaced and jeopardized by the construction of BrightSource Energy's Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System (ISEGS).
- The Ivanpah Valley hosts a number of rare plant species that cannot simply be relocated and are only found in a few other places in the desert.
- The area provides foraging habitat for Golden Eagles and Bighorn Sheep.
- First Solar is also proposing to build the 2nd phase of the Silver State Solar power project, also in the Ivanpah Valley. Silver State would destroy nearly 10 square-miles of desert tortoise habitat.
- Both the Stateline and Silver State projects would constrain wildlife movement in the area.
- Alternatives: Build on already-disturbed lands identified by EPA's RE-powering America's Land program, or distributed generation in our cities.