BLM advances large solar, power line projects in Arizona and Nevada

By Scott Streater | 04/19/2024 01:43 PM EDT

The environmental reviews for the projects come a week after the Biden administration released its rule to streamline permitting for renewable energy on federal lands.

Solar panels in Dry Lake Valley, Nevada and power lines

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The Biden administration advanced Friday a large-scale solar project in Arizona and a major transmission line upgrade in Nevada that is slated to carry solar power produced in the state to markets across the West.

The Jove Solar Project in southwest Arizona would rank among the largest solar plants in the country if built, producing up to 600 megawatts of electricity, which is enough to power more than 180,000 homes.

The photovoltaic solar project would cover nearly 3,500 acres of public land but is designed to avoid a sensitive desert wash area in order to “maintain wildlife habitat connectivity and preserve natural features,” according to a draft environmental impact statement for the project.


The 155-mile-long GridLiance West Core Upgrades Transmission Line Project is designed to upgrade the electricity carrying capacity of existing lines in southwest Nevada, near Las Vegas.