Renewables

Athos - Arica - Victory Pass - Oberon

  • Description: Proposed solar development on over 5450 acres of BLM public lands and 3000 acres of private land
  • Client: Aspen, Intersect Power, Clearway Energy
  • Locations: Desert Center, Riverside County, California
  • Years: 2018 - Current
    Provided biological services for initial protocol biological surveys, reporting, and agency consultation.

Services Provided

  • Habitat assessments
  • Protocol desert tortoise surveys
  • Protocol burrowing owl surveys
  • Rare plant surveys
  • Vegetation mapping
  • Wetland delineation
  • Wildlife camera surveys
Oberon

Desert Harvest - Palen Solar Facilities

  • Description: 150 MW (1100 acres) and 500 MW (3500 acres) solar farms on BLM public lands
  • Client: EDF Renewables
  • Locations: Desert Center, Riverside County, California
  • Years: 2018 - Current
    Four-year project involving comprehensive natural resource studies, permitting documents and agency coordination.

Services Provided

  • Pre-construction surveys
  • Wildlife clearance surveys
  • Wildlife exclusion
  • Mojave Desert Tortoise protocol surveys
  • Burrowing Owl surveys
  • Desert Kit Fox natal den monitoring and exclusion
  • Jurisdictional wetlands and waters delineations
  • Noxious weed mapping and management
  • Rare plants and vegetation communities
  • Compliance construction monitoring

Playa Solar Project - Harry Allen Solar Energy Center

  • Description: 200 MW (2000 acres) and 112 MW (640 acres) solar farms on BLM public lands
  • Client: EDF Renewables
  • Locations: Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone (SEZ), Clark County, Nevada
  • Years: 2014 - Current
    The translocation and monitoring of 130 desert tortoises for these projects exhibits our continued success in creating effective natural resource management programs.

Services Provided

  • Pre-construction surveys
  • Wildlife clearance surveys
  • Wildlife exclusion
  • Desert tortoise transmittering and health exams
  • Desert tortoise translocation and post-translocation effectiveness monitoring
  • Compliance construction monitoring
Projects - Silverstate-Stateline

Silver State South - Stateline Solar

  • Description: 250 MW (2400 acres) and 300 MW (1600 acres) solar energy facilities on BLM public lands
  • Client: First Solar
  • Locations: Primm, Clark County, Nevada
  • Years: 2009 - 2016
    These highly scrutinized projects benefitted from our strategies to study desert tortoise home ranges resulting in successful permitting and project development with over 150 desert tortoises safely translocated.

Services Provided

  • Pre-project protocol surveys
  • Plan development, permitting, and technical reports
  • Desert tortoise health assessments, home range study, translocation, and monitoring
  • Burrowing owl, kit fox, and badger surveys and exclusion
  • Avian point counts, nesting bird surveys, and exclusion
  • Rare plant surveys, cactus counts, and plant salvage
  • Biological compliance

Desert Sunlight Solar Farm

  • Description: 550 MW (3900 acres) solar energy facility and 12-mile transmission line, all on public lands
  • Client: First Solar, Next Era Energy
  • Locations: Desert Center, Riverside County, California
  • Years: 2008 - 2015
    Our natural resource management program, during the development of one of the largest solar farms in the world, is recognized by regulatory agencies as a model for effective collaborative solutions for sustainable development.

Services Provided

  • Protocol-level wildlife surveys
  • Pre-project planning and permitting
  • Biological Resources Technical Report, Biological Assessment, and management plans
  • Desert tortoise health assessments, translocation, and monitoring
  • Rare plant surveys and plant salvage
  • Invasive weed surveys and weed control
  • Insect inventories
  • Burrowing owl, kit fox, and badger surveys, and exclusion
  • Avian point counts, raptor and nesting bird surveys, and mortality studies
  • Biological compliance throughout construction phase and into transition to full operations and maintenance