First Solar - Desert Sunlight Project Approval
As lead outside counsel to First Solar on environmental, real estate and permitting issues, we obtained the key U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Record of Decision (ROD) that cleared the way for the development and financing of the largest PV project ever approved on public lands. The Desert Sunlight project is a 550-megawatt (MW) solar photovoltaic facility located on approximately 4,000 acres of land administered by the BLM in Riverside County. We assisted First Solar secure numerous permits and approvals from other federal, state and local agencies, including the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, California Department of Fish and Game, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and Riverside County. We also assisted First Solar negotiate protest settlement agreements with major environmental organizations and individuals, addressing environmental and cultural resource concerns.