BLM seeks public comment on plan to repower 37-year old wind park

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May 21 (Renewables Now) - The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is seeking public comments on Brookfield Renewable Energy’s plan to repower an existing 30-MW wind farm in Palm Springs, California.

BLM’s Palm Springs-South Coast Field Office has released a draft Environmental Assessment on the so-called Mesa Wind Repower Project, which sets the start for a 30-day public comment period closing on June 19.

Brookfield’s plan is to remove the existing 460 older generation turbines at the site of the wind farm and replace them with up to 11 new machines while keeping the total capacity of the plant. The original wind park was built back in 1983.

The documents say that the repowering will take place within the existing right-of-way boundaries and the existing transmission line will be retained without any upgrades.

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