Maintaining environmental compliance for the first utility-scale concentrating solar power plant
If you’re flying over Nevada, the Crescent Dunes Solar Energy site is a sight to be seen. This circular, concentrating solar power plant is the first utility scale of its kind—with over 110MW of solar thermal capacity. It uses a central receiver tower and advanced molten salt energy storage technology to generate electric without any fossil fuels.
To help the owner comply with environmental permit requirements, we conducted daily site inspections and prepared weekly reports for the BLM, summarizing construction activities, compliance observations, and how any issues encountered were resolved. We helped ensure compliance with site-specific plans including the Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasures Plan, the Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan, the Surface Area Disturbance Air Quality Operating Permit, and the Temporary Groundwater Discharge Permit. We also conducted quarterly groundwater sampling for the on-site wells in compliance with the Groundwater Discharge Permit, and Discharge Monitoring Reports completed for the client.
After construction, we provided five years of ongoing biological services including creating an Avian and Bat Protection Plan (ABPP) and conducting wildlife surveys on birds and other local animal species.
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