In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act, the Department of Energy (DOE), National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has completed the Environmental Assessment (EA) that analyzed the potential impacts of construction and operation of a 10 megawatts ground-mounted solar photovoltaic (PV) array and associated power transmission line.
Based on the analysis presented in the final EA NNSA is issuing a finding of no significant impact (FONSI).
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 array would be able to increase on-site LANL electrical power generation with efficient and sustainable electrical power capability and resilience.
The proposed PV location is on approximately 55-60 acres of which around 50 acres are within a previously disturbed area at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), on DOE owned property within Los Alamos County. Similarly, the PV electrical power transmission would be constructed within an existing electrical power transmission line corridor on LANL lands.
The Final EA and the FONSI documents are available at the LANL Public Reading Room at 94 Cities of Gold Road in Pojoaque, (505.667.0216) and on the DOE/NNSA National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) website: https://energy.gov/node/4254905.