Parks and Recreation, Department of
(California Department of Parks and Recreation)
Gold Bluffs Beach Alternative Energy Installation
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Project will replace diesel generators at the Gold Bluffs Beach employee residence and maintenance shop area with solar panels and a propane-powered backup generator. Six solar panels (20.75" x 47.25" x 2.25") will be installed on the bank just to the left of the garage area. This will require 68 ft. of trenching about 12 inches deep. The panels will be secured on a 2-inch pipe mounting bracket that will be secured in 18 inch holes filled with cement. The solar energy system will be the primary power. A propane-powered generator is proposed for backup power. This generator will be housed on an 80" by 80" by 12" cement slab with a conventional stick framed building. The generator house will replace an existing wood storage rack, which will be removed. There will also be a 66-ft. trench going from the generator shed to the fuse panel between the two residences. A utility tractor/loader may be utilized to expedite handling of spoils and gravel. Project will eliminate noise pollution, a 500 gallon diesel tank, and associated spill potential, from the Espa Lagoon area. Project supports park operations.
Project consists of replacement of existing facilities where the new facility will be located on the same site as the facility replaced and will have substantially the same purpose and capacity as the facility replaced and is included as "utility repairs or minor upgrades" in the Department of Parks and Recreation's list of exempt activities, in accordance with CCR 15300.4; and minor public alterations in the condition of vegetation, which does not involve removal of healthy, mature, scenic trees.