US govt clears plan for 500-MW desert solar park in California

Desert Harvest Solar project in Riverside County, California. Image by: Business Wire.

January 14 (Renewables Now) - The US Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has given the green light to the 500-MW Oberon solar project to be installed on public lands in the desert region of California’s Riverside County.

The government agency said on Thursday that the positive decision authorises a right-of-way for Oberon Solar LLC to build and operate the photovoltaic (PV) park on around 2,600 acres (1,052 ha) of BLM-managed lands near Desert Center.

The complex will be capable of producing electricity for roughly 142,000 homes, once operational. It will be coupled with a 200-MW battery storage facility.

The nod to Oberon Solar adds to BOEM’s recent approval of Clearway Energy Group LLC’s Arica and Victory Pass solar projects in eastern Riverside County, with a combined power generation capacity of 465 MW and up to 400 MW of battery storage. All three projects are planned for areas considered to be suitable for renewable energy development under the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP) in the desert regions of seven California counties.

The awarded consents support Congress’ direction in the Energy Act of 2020 to permit 25 GW of solar, wind and geothermal production on public lands no later than 2025. The target is aligned with the country’s efforts to produce 100% carbon-free electricity by 2035.

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