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


SCH Number
Lead Agency
United States Air Force (USAF)
Document Title
Draft Final Environmental Assessment East Housing Area Solar Energy Project, Vandenberg AFB, CA
Document Type
OTH - Other Document
Present Land Use
Formerly military personnel housing
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
Agency Name
U.S. Air Force
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Lompoc, Santa Maria
Santa Barbara
Cross Streets
CA Hwy 1 & Timber Ln
Total Acres
State Highways
Hwy 1
Vandenberg MS
San Antonio Creek

Notice of Completion

State Review Period Start
State Review Period End
State Reviewing Agencies
Cal Fire, California Air Resources Board (ARB), California Department of Conservation (DOC), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, South Coast Region 5 (CDFW), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of Transportation, District 5 (DOT), California Energy Commission, California Highway Patrol, California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Central Coast Region 3 (RWQCB), Department of Water Resources, Office of Historic Preservation, Resources Agency
Development Types
Power:Solar (Megawatts 20-30)
Project Issues
Air Quality, Biological Resources, Cultural Resources, Geology/Soils, Hydrology/Water Quality, Land Use/Planning, Noise, Schools/Universities, Vegetation

Disclaimer: The document was originally posted before CEQAnet had the capability to host attachments for the public. To obtain the original attachments for this document, please contact the lead agency at the contact information listed above. You may also contact the OPR via email at state.clearinghouse@opr.ca.gov or via phone at (916) 445-0613.

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