AV Solar Ranch One Project, Los Angeles and Kern Counties, California
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is proposing to issue a loan guarantee to AV Solar Ranch 1, LLC (Applicant) for the design and construction of the AV Solar Ranch One Project located in Los Angeles and Kern counties, California, in the Antelope Valley, the western tip of the Mohave Desert. DOE has prepared this Environmental Assessment (EA) to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) (42 USC 4321, et. seq.), the Council on Environmental Quality’s regulations for implementing NEPA (40 CFR Parts 1500–1508) and DOE’s NEPA regulations (10 CFR Part 1021). The EA examines the potential impacts associated with the proposed action and No Action Alternative to determine whether the proposed action has the potential for significant environmental impacts. If no significant impacts are identified during preparation of this EA, DOE will issue a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI). If potentially significant impacts are identified, DOE will prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). DOE will use the information from the NEPA process to inform its funding decision.