Solar plant files with ACC

KINGMAN - Hualapai Valley Solar filed its application with the Arizona Corporation Commission's Line Siting Committee Nov. 23.

The company is asking for a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility for its proposed 340-mega watt concentrated solar facility. The facility would be built near Red Lake, about 27 miles north of Kingman along Stockton Hill Road.

The Line Siting Committee will hold public hearings on the project from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 12 at the Hampton Inn, 1791 Sycamore Ave.

According to the ACC docket, the hearings will continue on Jan. 13 and 14 if necessary. Public comments on the project will be accepted at 6 p.m. on Jan.12 at the Hampton Inn.

The LSC has 180 days from Nov. 23 to issue a recommendation to the ACC. The ACC will then have 60 days to decide on whether to grant the certificate or not.

HVS is one of two major concentrated solar projects proposed for Mohave County.

The other project, a 200-mega watt facility proposed by Albiasa, is slated to be built near the Silverado master-planned community south and east of Kingman between Wikieup and the intersection with Interstate 40 on U.S. 93.

The Board of Supervisors approved zoning for both projects in November.

Both projects have generated concerns about the amount of water they will use.

HVS has plans and is negotiating with the city of Kingman to purchase reclaimed wastewater from the city's Hilltop Wastewater Treatment Plant. The city is in the process of upgrading the plant and is working on a policy that would allow the sale of the water.

For more information on the project, visit www.hualapaivalleysolar.com.

For more information on the LSC meetings, visit www.azcc.gov/AZ_Power_Plant/LineSiting-Calendar.asp or call (800) 222-7000.