Solar Panel Installation at Support Services Facility

Summary

SCH Number
2017058575
Lead Agency
Tustin Unified School District
Document Title
Solar Panel Installation at Support Services Facility
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received

Document Description
Tustin Unified School District proposes to install shade structure photovoltaic arrays at the Support Services Facility. The proposed project would involve installing carport shade structures to house the solar energy panel systems and would occur over parking lots in the southwest of the site. Two structures would be installed over paved parking lots, but would not impact the use of the parking lots. To connect the panels to the facility's electrical system, the wiring would be installed underground and connected directly to the existing electrical system. The solar systems would produce approximately 80% of the facility's electricity demand, reducing the District's reliance on utility-supplied electricity and improving the environment by reducing the District's contribution to global warming emissions. No increases in or intensity of uses are proposed as part of this project. The project would be installed per Division of the State Architect (DSA) approved design specifications. The project would be executed per appropriate and current District standards, guidelines and construction Best Management Practices (BMPs). The new solar structures would serve as facility improvements, and as such, the beneficiaries of the project include the facility's staff and members of the community.

Contact Information
David Miranda
Tustin Unified School District
1302 Service Road
Tustin, CA 92780

(714) 730-7327

Location

Cities
Tustin
Counties
Orange
Other Location Info
1302 Service Road

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Statutory Exemption
Type, Section or Code
S: 21080.35
Reasons for Exemption
CEQA Guidelines Section 21080.35 provides that solar energy systems installed on the roof of an existing building or on an existing parking lot are statutorily exempt from CEQA. The project would enhance the renewable energy capabilities of the facility and would not alter or expand the use of the parking lots. Further, a review of the possible exceptions to the exemption (CEQA Guidelines Section 21080.35) determined that no exceptions exist and the project qualifies for the statutory exemption. Greater detail can be found in the Supplement to Support Services Facility Solar Energy Project.
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