Canopy Mounted Solar Photovoltaic System, Department of Transportation - 3


SCH Number
Public Agency
Department of General Services (DGS)
Document Title
Canopy Mounted Solar Photovoltaic System, Department of Transportation - 3
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The project consists of constructing a canopy mounted solar photovoltaic (PV) system in the parking areas of the project site. The project will cover approximately 4 acres of the parking area. Project activities include boring for footing holes, minor trenching, footing cement pouring, some landscaping tree removal, erection of canopy structure, installation of PV panels and electrical (transformer, switchgear, breakers) equipment to support the transmission of the renewable power generated by Solar PV array. Standard construction control measures will be enforced. The PV system potentially could generate up to three megawatt (AC) of electricity, which will be consumed by the project site and consequently reduces the site's utility grid-based electrical energy purchases helping to meet the State's renewable portfolio standard target (Senate Bill 2 - First Extraordinary Session), to have one third of the State's electricity come from renewable sources by 2020. The canopy also will have some positive environmental effect of reducing heat isle effect by increasing shading on the parking lot's black top areas that are exposed to sun. Canopy structure will include LED lighting for nighttime security and area general lighting. Planted trees along the site's frontage and the ones that are not affecting or shading the solar array will remain in place.

Contact Information

Patricia Kelly
Agency Name
Department of General Services
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Other Information
703 B Street

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
15301 & 15303 & 15304 C:1,3,4
Reasons for Exemption
This project consist of minor alteration of existing parking areas and electrical equipment involving negligible expansion of utilities used to supply power to the facility, installation of some new electrical equipment, minor trenching backfill and restoration of parking surfaces where it was disturbed. The installations of the PV and electrical equipment will not alter building exteriors or interiors, only areas designated for car parking. The State has determined that no significant impact would occur to the environment and that no exceptions apply which would preclude the use of the above-noted exemptions for the project.

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