Lucerne Valley Solar

Lucerne Valley Solar project visualization.
Photo by the BLM
The government approved the Lucerne Valley Solar site in the California desert in October 2010. If constructed, the project will produce 45 megawatts of solar energy.

Proposed by Chevron Energy Solutions, the Lucerne Valley Solar project would produce enough energy to power more than 13,000 homes.  The Wilderness Society worked to improve the proposal through the permitting process, and supported the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM’s) approval because it limited environmental impacts and will produce renewable energy.

Limiting impacts to wild lands and wildlife habitat

Lucerne Valley Solar was proposed for 516 acres of public land that is not important wildlife habitat and will not impact wilderness quality lands. A small portion of the site has been heavily impacted, and the site is traversed by passable dirt roads. The project site is also bordered by a paved highway and can access an existing transmission line, which will further reduce impacts by decreasing the amount of additional construction needed to support the project. 

Producing clean solar energy

If constructed, Lucerne Valley Solar will produce up to 45 megawatts of solar energy, enough to power more than 13,000 homes. The project proposes using photovoltaic panels to create electricity. Using the panels will limit water use, as water is only required for washing the panels.

Engaging with the BLM and the project developer

The Wilderness Society played an active role in the permitting process for Lucerne Valley Solar.  Working with our conservation partners, the BLM and the project developer, we closely reviewed the proposed project to ensure minimal impacts and maximum benefits.

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