U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

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News Release

Maricopa Sun, LLC’s Habitat Conservation Plan Incidental Take Permit Issued

January 23, 2015

Media Contact:
Sarah Swenty, (530)665-3310, sarah_swenty@fws.gov

Sacramento - The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service announces that the issuance of an Endangered Species Act (ESA) Section 10(a)(1)(B) Incidental Take Permit to Maricopa Sun, LLC for their Maricopa Sun Solar Complex Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) for a solar energy facility in Kern County.

The permit covers incidental take of at-risk species associated with construction, operation, and decommissioning of a 700 megawatt solar facility. The permit also covers the HCP’s conservation actions including the project site that covers 5,784.3 acres in southwest Kern County, California.

The solar project is made up of multiple parcels and located approximately six to 20 miles east of Taft along South Lake Road and along Copus Road. The species covered include three federally listed species: Blunt-nosed leopard lizard, Tipton kangaroo rat, and San Joaquin kit fox; two federally non-listed species: Western Burrowing owl and Nelson’s antelope squirrel.

More information about this project and the associated final HCP is available online at http://www.fws.gov/sacramento/outreach/2014/12-08/

To request further information, please use one of the following methods, and note that your information request or comment is in reference to the Maricopa Sun Solar Complex Habitat Conservation Plan.

  • U.S. Mail: 2800 Cottage Way, Room W-2605, Sacramento, California 95825-1846.
  • In-Person Drop-off, Viewing, or Pickup: Call (916) 414-6600 to make an appointment during regular business hours to drop off comments or view received comments at the above location.
  • Fax: Justin Sloan or Mike Thomas, (916) 414-6713, Attn.: Maricopa Sun Solar Complex Habitat Conservation Plan.

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Last updated: December 1, 2017