Approximate area under consideration by NextEra for the Yellow Pine Solar project in the Pahrump Valley. The total application area covers over 9,000 acres, and the final project would destroy approximately 3,000 acres of the parcel.
Some of the lands being considered for the project host desert tortoises already relocated once from a Clark County sanctuary, meaning the animals that survived the initial translocation will again be jeopardized, according to Basin &Range Watch. Even before the tortoise translocation, the lands had been identified during Fish and Wildlife Service as a priority desert tortoise connectivity area.
The Yellow Pine Solar project will also require substantial water for construction and maintenance in a groundwater basin that is already severely over drafted. Although the project does not currently have a power purchase agreement, Nevada's utility company has favored destructive centralized power plant and has funded attacks on rooftop solar. This is despite the fact that analysis has soundly concluded that rooftop solar provides a net benefit to the grid.