Approximately 40 minutes west of the Las Vegas Valley is an area of Mojave Desert habitat around 30,000 acres that big developers would like to make a solar sacrifice zone. The applications are in and being reviewed, and our window to stop them is short. The Bureau of Land Management is accepting public comment on one of these projects named “Golden Currant Solar Project.” The public has until August 5th, 2022 to submit public comment. Information and bullet points provided below.
Email your opposition to: BLM_NV_SND_EnergyProjects@blm.gov
*Please include “Golden Currant Solar Project Variance” in the subject line of the email.
We will also be submitting our general petition against solar on habitat. You can add your name to our petition as well here.
We have several videos on our home page or you can find them in the sidebar too. This will give you some information and visual for the places we are talking about.
Basin and Range Watch has a comprehensive overview which can be found here.
Here are some points you might include in your written comment to the BLM:
- I am concerned by how the air quality of construction and losing desert crust will affect people in the Pahrump and Las Vegas Valley.
- I am concerned about the heat-island effect caused by large-scale solar, and the impacts that has on the health of people in nearby urban environments as well as the surrounding desert habitat.
- Why are we destroying vital habitat in the middle of an extinction crisis?
- Isn’t biodiversity and carbon sequestration in these desert habitats important to combatting climate change?
- I am concerned that these projects are contributing to the extinction of the Desert Tortoise.
- I am concerned about the collision danger that photovoltaic solar panels present to birds as a “lake effect.”