February 7 (Renewables Now) - 8minute Solar Energy LLC has received the green light from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to build and operate a 230-kV generation interconnection (gen-tie) line in California tied to a 500-MW solar park.
Specifically, BLM has cleared the so-called Eland Gen-Tie project in Kern County, northeast of Mojave, that will supply electricity from the Eland 1 solar farm to the existing Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Barren Ridge substation.
The announcement by BLM says that the the gen-tie line will cross just over two miles (3.2 km) of BLM-managed public land, of which more than 1.5 miles fall within a designated utility corridor. The rest is within a Development Focus Area (DFA).
BLM’s approval follows the closing of public comments on the environmental assessment (EA) of the project in November 2019.