Panoche Valley Solar Farm Project

17 Documents in Project


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

Document Description
The Panoche Valley Solar Farm consist of the construction and operation and operation of a 399 Megawatt (MW) photovoltaic solar facility; referred to as "Alternative A Revised" (the "Project) by Solargen Energy Inc. ("Solargen"). The Project would be constructed within a fenced 3,202 acre area of an approximately 4,885-acre project site and would include development of the following components on 2,256 acres (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, (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&S's transmission system. In order to implement the Project, Solargen required several discretionary approvals from the County. The first discretionary approval and commitment to the project occurred on October 12, 2010 when the San Benito County Board of Supervisors ("Board") certified the Final EIR for the project and approved cancellation of Williamson Act contracts to implement the project. On October 20, 2010, the San Benito County Planning Commission approved Use Permit No. 1023-09 to construct and operate Alternative A Revised and recommended approval of a Development Agreement to the Board of Supervisors. The Development Agreement provides Solargen with a vested right to develop the Project in exchange for providing specified economic benefits to the County, which are summarized in the Board Agenda Report, dated November 10, 2010 and incorporated herein by reference. The Planning Commission's approval was appealed to the Board who considered the appeal along with the Development Agreement at a special meeting on November 10, 2011.

Contact Information
Gary Armstrong
San Benito County
Lead/Public Agency
3224 Southside Road
Hollister, CA 95023

Phone : (831) 637-5313


36°38'11"N 120°52'42"W
San Benito
Cross Streets
Panoche Road and Little Panoche Road
Total Acres
Parcel #
State Highways
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 Environmental Document Available at
San Benito County Planning Department 3224 Southside Road Hollister, CA 95023


(1) The project will have a significant impact on the environment
(2a) An Environmental Impact Report was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
(2b) A Mitigated or a Negative Declaration was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
(2c) An other document type was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
(3) Mitigated measures were made a condition of the approval of the project
(4) A mitigation reporting or monitoring plan was adopted for this project
(5) A Statement of Overriding Considerations was adopted for this project
(6) Findings were made pursuant to the provisions of CEQA

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