Desert Sunset or Desert Sunlight LLC?
^View looking northward to the Coxcomb Mountains and Joshua Tree National Park. The proposed project would fill the distant valley floor.
March 17, 2010 - We explored the large desert valley that is the proposed project site for First Solar Desert Sunlight LLC photovoltaic power plant near Desert Center in Riverside County, California. It fills the head of Chuckwalla Valley adjacent to Joshua Tree National Park, from the Eagle Mountains to the Coxcomb Mountains. The wildflowers were just starting to show.
^View looking eastward across the project site. Palen Mountains in the distance.
^Phacelias blooming in a creosote wash.
^Map of proposal (from the Plan of Development -- see >>here). The Right-of-Way and much of the project would surround a private farm.
^Rare Foxtail cactus and Palo verde on the western fan, within the proposed project site.
^Foxtail cactus detail.
^Foxtail cactus cluster.
^Panorama across the area by Desert Center looking to the Coxcomb Mountains.
^Sunset on the western fan.
^Brittlebush blooming on creosote and desert pavement, Coxcomb Mountains in the background.
^Phacelias in a wash.
^Brittlebush and Palo verde.
^Palo verde leaves just coming out.
^We found small patches of cryptobiotic crust on the shady north sides of stones, on the rocky bajadas to the west. Made up of algae and liches, this living soil binder can store carbon.
^Brittlebush and lupine.
^A barrel cactus by a wash, looking eatsward across the First Solar project site towards the Solar Millennium Palen site proposal in the distance.
^Smoke trees in a sandy wash in the middle of the Right-of-Way.
Fringe-toed Lizard Sand Habitats
^A line of sand patches, some just outside the Right-of-Way. These habitat have unique plants and are home to Mojave fringe-toed lizards.
^Mojave ringe-toed lizard hiding under a creosote bush on sand.
^Desert dandelion and Sand verbena on the sand patch.
^Sand patch with Fringe-toed lizards next to the Coxcomb Mountains.