The Interior Department said that the Bureau of Land Management gave final approval to a $550 million, 350 MW solar energy and similarly sized energy storage project on public lands in California.
The Crimson Solar Project will deliver power through the Southern California Edison Colorado River Substation.
The solar project will be a photovoltaic facility owned by Sonoran West Solar Holdings, LLC, a unit of Recurrent Energy which itself is owned by Canadian Solar. The facility will occupy around 2,000 acres of BLM-administered lands some 13 miles west of Blythe, in Riverside County.
According to a 720-page scoping document filed with BLM in 2018, the project would include an estimated 2 million solar modules. The project would be designed and laid out primarily in 2 MW increments, each of which would include an inverter-transformer station. Up to four substations would transform voltage from the 34.5 kV electrical collection cables to 230 kV.
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