Kern Solar Ranch Project by Kern Solar, LLC (PP12315) (EIR 05-12 JLB)


SCH Number
Lead Agency
Kern County
Document Title
Kern Solar Ranch Project by Kern Solar, LLC (PP12315) (EIR 05-12 JLB)
Document Type
NOP - Notice of Preparation of a Draft EIR
Document Description
The Kern Solar Ranch Project (the project) by Kern Solar, LLC (project proponent), has requested four General Plan Amendments to amend the Circulation Element of the Kern County General Plan and eliminate future road reservations along section and midsection lines. Four CUP are also requested to allow construction and operation of a solar PV power-generating facility with a capacity of 1-gigawatt of electricity. The proposed project boundary covers approximately 14,400 total acres; however, PV solar panels would be constructed on about 6,100 acres in unincorporated Kern County, CA. The project properties are within the A (Exclusive Agriculture) and A-1 (Limited Agriculture) zoning districts. In addition, the project includes a petition to cancel a Williamson Act land use contract (No. 12-04) for 965 acres of grazing land. Because of the size of the project site, for ease of review, the site has been divided into seven subareas. Additionally, an offsite Pacific Gas & Electric substation would be constructed as part of the proposed project. The facility would be located approximately 12 miles southeast of the project boundary. A 19-mile-long 230-kilovolt generation tie line that would connect the facility to the utility grid is also proposed as part of the overall project.

Contact Information

Jaymie L. Brauer
Agency Name
Kern County
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Cross Streets
SR 33 and SR 46; Bitterwater Valley Road; Brown Material Road; Lerdo Hwy
Total Acres
Parcel #
State Highways
SR-33, 46

Notice of Completion

State Review Period Start
State Review Period End
State Reviewing Agencies
California Department of Conservation (DOC), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of Transportation, District 6 (DOT), California Energy Commission, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Central Valley Fresno Region 5 (RWQCB), Department of Water Resources, Resources Agency, California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Central Region 4 (CDFW)
State Reviewing Agency Comments
California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Central Region 4 (CDFW)
Development Types
Power:Solar (Megawatts 1000)
Local Actions
General Plan Element, Use Permit, WALUC
Project Issues
Aesthetics, Agriculture and Forestry Resources, Air Quality, Biological Resources, Cultural Resources, Cumulative Effects, Drainage/Absorption, Flood Plain/Flooding, Geology/Soils, Growth Inducement, Hazards & Hazardous Materials, Hydrology/Water Quality, Land Use/Planning, Mineral Resources, Noise, Population/Housing, Public Services, Recreation, Schools/Universities, Septic System, Sewer Capacity, Solid Waste, Transportation, Vegetation, Wetland/Riparian, Wildfire, Wildlife

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