Rincon working for Ecosphere Environmental Services prepared a corridor conflict analysis required by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to ensure that this 750 megawatt (MW) electric generating solar energy facility and a 10.3 mile, double-circuit, 230 kV transmission line was consistent with BLM regulations and land use plans. The 6,500 acre Project site is located on approximately 6,140 acres of federal land managed by the BLM and approximately 360 acres of privately owned land.
The 230-kV transmission line will parallel the Southwest Powerlink transmission line within designated right-of-way (ROW). The issue of concern was that approximately 4,810 acres of land to be included in the fenced boundary of the Project site would be located inside designated Utility Corridor “N” 368 115-238. The purpose of the analysis was to analyze the impact that the project would have on the ability of the utility corridor to serve its intended purpose. The study included a detailed literature search and data acquisition of land use records, survey records, recordation reports and the BLM MASS Serial Register Pages to determine the location of existing ROWs and authorized current and future uses. A Reasonably Foreseeable Development Scenario was also developed to determine if the corridor would continue to retain the capacity to site additional utilities in the corridor. The analysis determined that development of the solar power plant would not constrain other uses of the corridor, and that the corridor would retain sufficient capacity to allow the siting of additional utilities or expansion of transportation facilities.