Northern Soda Mountains
|Elevation||1,102 m (3,615 ft)|
|District||San Bernardino County|
|Topo map||USGS West of Soda Lake|
The range reaches an elevation of 1,102 meters (3,615 ft) at the western end of the range. The mountains lie between the Avawatz Mountains to the north and the Bristol Mountains to the south. The Cronese Mountains are located southwest of the Soda Mountains.
Soda Mountain Solar Project
The Soda Mountain Solar Project, a solar energy venture proposed by developers Regenerate Power of Menlo Park, California, faced yet another setback on August 23, 2016, due to the San Bernardino County Supervisors’ decision to deny development in the land sited near the Joshua Tree and Death Valley national parks. The project was originally pitched in 2007 as a 358-MW (megawatt ) enterprise sited on 2,557 acres of land federally owned by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), partly as a result of the Obama administration’s ambitions to develop 20,000 MWs of renewable energy on public lands by 2020. Ultimately, in the spring of 2015, the BLM reduced the project to 287-MW on 1,923 acres, primarily due to potential threats to the Bighorn sheep and other wildlife in the area. The BLM also decided that Regenerate Power must secure state and county permits from the San Bernardino County Supervisors, thereby giving them the final say regarding any progression of the project. The board attributed its 3-2 rejection of the Environmental Impact Report to the realization that “the project would degrade pristine desert land with little benefit to area residents.” According to 5th district Supervisor Josie Gonzales, “The door could be open to another look if somehow the proponents could provide power from their plant to San Bernardino County residents at a lower price to offset the plant’s downsides.” Despite the present impediment, Reyad Fezzani, chairman and CEO of Regenerate Power, remains optimistic in plans to move forward with the project.
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- "Soda Mountain solar project derailed by San Bernardino County's EIR rejection". The San Bernardino Sun. 2016-08-24. Retrieved 2016-09-15.
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