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Draft Environmental Assessment For LANL Photovoltaic System Available To Public

on April 15, 2019 - 8:21am
LANL News:
In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act, 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 EA also analyzes 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.
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. The PV system would be able to increase on-site LANL electrical power generation with efficient and sustainable electrical power capability and resilience.
This Draft EA has been made available for a 30-day review and comment period via distribution to the LANL Public Reading Room, 94 Cities of Gold Road in Pojoaque, (505.667.0216); and the DOE/NNSA National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) website: