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Draft Environmental Assessment For LANL Photovoltaic System Available To Public

on March 22, 2019 - 8:03am

LANL News:


The Department of Energy (DOE), National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has prepared a Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) to analyze  the proposed construction and operation of a 10 megawatts (MW) ground-mounted solar photovoltaic system (PV) and associated power transmission line within an existing power transmission line corridor. The EZ will also  analyze the No Action Alternative of not constructing the PV.


The proposed PV location is on approximately 55-60 acres of which around 50 acres are within a previously disturbed area that was used as a borrow pit at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), on DOE owned property within Los Alamos County, N.M.


With LANL’s current power requirement, the existing transmission infrastructure will not have sufficient capacity to meet projected power demands. NNSA requires a reliable, efficient, diversified, and sustainable electrical supply to support programs and activities conducted in LANL facilities essential to the maintaining the nation’s nuclear deterrent and to meet on-site renewable energy goals.


This Draft EA has been made available for a 30-day review and comment period via distribution to the same recipients of the notification letter; to the LANL Public Reading Room, located at 94 Cities of Gold Road, Pojoaque, New Mexico (505 667-0216); to the LANL GovDelivery listserve; and to the DOE National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) website:


Comments on the Draft EA may be provided to NNSA by U.S. mail or email at the following addresses:


Mail: NNSA Los Alamos Field Office

ATTN: NEPA Compliance Officer – PV EA Review Comments

3747 West Jemez Road

Los Alamos, NM 87544



Subject line: PV EA Review Comments


All comments on the Draft EA provided within the comment period, beginning on the date of the public notice of availability, will be considered by NNSA during preparation of the Final EA. The Final EA will be made available at the NNSA NEPA Reading Room and the DOE NEPA