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View from Preserve

“I don’t see it.”
“Can’t find it.”
“Where do I go to see it?”
“I was there all day. Didn’t see it.”

That’s probably what you’d be saying if you were looking for the Soda Mountain Solar Project from inside the Mojave National Preserve.

The reason is because a ridge of mountains runs along the boundary of the Preserve by the project, effectively blocking the view of the project from almost the entire Preserve

  • The Mojave National Park covers 1,600,000 acres of land. The SMS site, located near the Preserve is 1,767 acres, only 0.001% of the land area of the park. The project site is tiny compared to the size of the Preserve.
  • The park perimeter is around 200 miles. Only about 2 miles of that abuts the project. That’s about 1% of the park perimeter.

Here’s what you would have to do to see the project from inside the Preserve:

  • Climb to the top of particular mountains in the South Soda Mountains at a remote, off-trail location in the Preserve that almost no visitors ever go to; or
  • Go to certain locations in the Preserve, 10-20 miles away from the project site, where the elevation is high enough to see over the intervening mountains.  The dark solar panels would be imperceptible from such a distance due to the natural haziness of the air and the dark façade of the distant mountains that form the backdrop to the west.

Of course, if you actually wanted a good view of the project, you could just come by and visit us once we go into operation. We’d love to give you a tour. 

What They’re Saying…

“Today’s approval is the result of a comprehensive, multi-year environmental review and extensive consultation process, including scientific analysis and meaningful mitigation measures to reduce potential impacts to resources. The rigorous standards of outreach, analysis and mitigation for the project reflect this Administration’s commitment to facilitate responsible clean energy development in the right places and in the right ways.”

Janice Schneider

Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management, Department of the Interior