LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — If it seems like the Nevada desert is about to be drowned in a sea of solar panels, you might be interested in how the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) wants to guide the development explosion that’s ahead.
On Tuesday, Feb. 13, BLM will hold a public meeting at Red Rock Casino Resort and Spa, 11011 W. Charleston Blvd. The open house meeting will be in the Summerlin Room CD, and it will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
“The BLM is committed to ensuring public lands do their part to meet our nation’s clean energy goals,”, according to BLM Director Tracy Stone-Manning. “We can and must do so responsibly, and we look forward to hearing from the public on how to achieve that balance.”
The biggest solar projects in the U.S. are planned in Nevada — most in sparsely populated areas along U.S. 95 between Las Vegas and Reno.
Government agencies have been directed to accelerate permits for renewable energy projects — solar, wind and geothermal — and companies are lining up to build the new infrastructure. President Joe Biden has advanced goals for a net-zero electric grid by 2035.
“The public meeting will preview the BLM’s proposed revisions to the agency’s Utility-Scale Solar Energy Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (known as the updated Western Solar Plan), which would streamline the BLM’s framework for siting solar energy projects and expand BLM’s solar energy program to cover five additional states across the West,” according to a news release announcing the meeting.
The updated Western Solar Plan evaluates six alternatives, each proposing to make different amounts of public land available. Public input is an important part of the process.
More information about the updated Western Solar Plan, see BLM’s Solar Program website.
To view the Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement and learn how to provide comments, visit the BLM’s ePlanning website at https://eplanning.blm.gov/eplanning-ui/project/2022371/510.