Panoche Valley Solar Farm Project

17 Documents in Project

Summary

SCH Number
2010031008
Lead Agency
San Benito County
Document Title
Panoche Valley Solar Farm Project
Document Type
NOD - Notice of Determination
Received

Document Description
Pursuant to the San Benito County Code (19.01.020 et. seq.) and the California Land Conservation Act or "Williamson Act" (Cal. Gov't Code 51200 et seq.) Solargen Energy Inc. applied for the cancellation of 6,953 acres of Williamson Act contracts for the purpose of constructing and operating the Panoche Valley Solar Farm (Alternative A Revised). The specific contracts that Solargen proposes to cancel are described in Exhibit A, which is attached hereto and incorporated by reference herein. The Panoche Valley Solar Farm (Alternative A Revised) consists of a 399 Megawatt (MW) photovoltaic solar farm that would be constructed within a fenced 3,202 acre area of the approximately 4,885-acre project site and would include development of the following components on 2,256acres (less than 50% of project site): (1) installation of approximately 3 million to 4 million PV panels, (2) PV module steel support structures, (3) electrical inverters and transformers, (4) an electrical substation with switchyard, (5) buried electrical collection conduit, an operations and maintenance (O&M) building, (6) a septic system and leach field, (7) a wastewater treatment facility and demineralization pond, (8) on-site access roads, (9) security fencing, (10) transmission support towers and line(s) to interconnect with a PG&E transmission line that passes through the project site, and (11) possible upgrades to PG&E's transmission system.

Contact Information
Gary Armstrong
San Benito County
3224 Southside Road
Hollister, CA 95023

(831) 637-5313

Location

Coordinates
36°38'11"N 120°52'42"W
Counties
San Benito
Cross Streets
Panoche Road and Little Panoche Road
Zip
95043
Total Acres
4,885
Parcel #
Multiple
State Highways
No
Railways
No
Airports
No
Schools
Panoche
Waterways
Panoche Creek, Las Aguilas Creek
Other Location Info
City/Nearest Community: Panoche

Notice of Determination

Approving Agency
San Benito County
Approving Agency Role
Lead Agency
Approved On
Final EIR Available Location
San Benito County Planning Department 3224 Southside Road Hollister, CA 95023

Determinations

(1) The project will have a significant impact on the environment
Yes
(2a) An Environmental Impact Report was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
Yes
(2b) A Negative Declaration was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
No
(3) Mitigated measures were made a condition of the approval of the project
Yes
(4) A Statement of Overriding Considerations was adopted for this project
Yes
(5) Findings were made pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
Yes
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