The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) has approved a transmission line on public lands that will connect a 250 MW solar power project to the energy grid in California. The transmission line will connect to the Imperial Solar Energy Center West Project, proposed by CSOLAR Development LLC, in Imperial County.
The above-ground 230 kV transmission line will carry power five miles to the existing Imperial Valley Substation and will be located on 65 acres of DOI-managed lands.
According to the DOI, the project received extensive environmental review and mitigation measures, with the environmental impact report/environmental assessment issued on July 28.
In addition, the DOI's Bureau of Land Management also worked in close coordination with American Indian communities, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and other stakeholders to avoid, minimize and compensate for potential adverse impacts.