Draft Final Environmental Assessment East Housing Area Solar Energy Project, Vandenberg AFB, CA

Summary

SCH Number
2014064001
Lead Agency
U.S. Air Force
Document Title
Draft Final Environmental Assessment East Housing Area Solar Energy Project, Vandenberg AFB, CA
Document Type
OTH - Other Document
Received

Document Description
Note: Review per lead The Proposed Action hereinafter "Project" includes leasing land to and entering into a Power Purchase Agreement with a private developer who would design, construct, operate and maintain an unmanned photovoltaic solar energy facility at the former East Housing Area (EHA) on and for the benefit of Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB). The portion of the EHA selected for the Proposed Action is approximately 182 acres in size, was cleared of buildings and structures, is mostly graded, and has few environmental constraints. The EHA exhibits topographic and other locational characteristics needed for cost-effective renewable energy generation, including existing on-site presence of key infrastructure (e.g., roads, power lines, water). The Project is projected to provide almost 25 percent of VAFB's electrical energy and is not expected to export energy to PG&E's distribution system. The Project is designed to have a useful life of 20 to 30 years, although the life span could be extended by upgrades and refurbishments. The Project is expected to be operational in 2016.

Contact Information
Andrew Edwards
U.S. Air Force
1028 Iceland Ave.
Vandenberg AFB, CA 93436

805 606 2044

Location

Cities
Lompoc Santa Maria
Counties
Santa Barbara
Cross Streets
CA Hwy 1 & Timber Ln
Zip
93436
Total Acres
182
State Highways
Hwy 1
Railways
No
Airports
No
Schools
Vandenberg MS
Waterways
San Antonio Creek

Notice of Completion

Review Period Start
Review Period End
Development Type
Power:Solar (20-30 Watts)
Project Issues
Air Quality Archaeologic-Historic Biological Resources Geologic/Seismic Noise Schools/Universities Vegetation Water Supply Land Use
Reviewing Agencies
Air Resources Board Cal Fire California Department of Parks and Recreation California Energy Commission California Highway Patrol California Public Utilities Commission Caltrans, District 5 Department of Conservation Department of Fish and Wildlife, Region 5 Department of Water Resources Native American Heritage Commission Office of Historic Preservation Regional Water Quality Control Board, Region 3 Resources Agency
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