The big solar energy project for Quartzsite will be commented by Yurma area residents during the open house here.

The meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Bureau of Land Management field office, 2555 E. Gila Ridge Road. A presentation on the project will be given at 6:30 p.m.

The meeting is one of several being held around the region by the Western Area Power Administration to gather public comment before preparing an environmental impact statement to identify potential effects the project could have on the environment. BLM is a cooperating agency for the EIS.

Proposed by Quartzsite Solar Energy, LLC, a subsidiary of SolarReserve, the 100-megawatt solar facility would be located on approximately 1,450 acres of BLM administered land in La Paz County, about 10 miles north of Quartzsite.

The company has submitted an application to interconnect the facility with Western’s power transmission system.

The project would include a solar field with up to 17,500 mirrors arranged in a circular pattern around a central tower. The mirrors would reflect the sun’s energy onto the tower. Steam would be created to power a conventional steam turbine generator. The 538-foot concrete tower is topped with a 100-foot solar receiver and maintenance crane for a total height of 653 feet

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