A project proposed for the unincorporated area east of Apple Valley will place 27 wind turbines on 2,600 acres.
The Bureau of Land Management is working with the county and published their intention to conduct an environmental impact study and environmental impact report, said Steve Razo, BLM’s deputy district manager.
The site would house 27 wind turbines and ancillary electric facilities, Razo said.
The turbines would be located on the Granite Mountains between Apple Valley and Lucerne Valley.
“The proposed project would generate between 62 and 81 megawatts of power during normal operation,” said Razo.
Apple Valley Councilman Scott Nassif said that the project was brought to his attention by residents close to the proposed development who have already begun expressing their concerns.
“Obviously, everybody’s interested in trying to find not only low-cost energy, but natural energy,” said Nassif. “But we need to balance that against what it could do to property values and community aesthetics.”
Nassif said that although the project area is not within town limits, it is in Apple Valley’s sphere of influence and needs to be discussed.
“Residents should know about it,” Nassif added.
He said that in looking at a map of where the turbines will be, all 27 fixtures were viewable from the corner of Thunderbird and Navajo roads in Apple Valley.
Razo did not have further details on the cost of the project, height of the turbines, or any estimated time line for when construction would start.
“Right now we’re in the process of analyzing site specific impacts,” Razo said.
By Ryan Orr
26 January 2008
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