Solar Panel Installation at Foothill High School

Summary

SCH Number
2017058585
Lead Agency
Tustin Unified School District
Document Title
Solar Panel Installation at Foothill High School
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received

Document Description
Tustin Unified School District proposes to install a shade structure pv arrays at Foothill HS. The proposed project would involve installing elevated shade structures to house solar energy panel systems and would occur over parking lots, but would not impact the use of the parking lots. Twenty ornamental landscape trees would be removed to allow for unshaded solar energy collection. To connect the panels to the school's electrical system, the removed to allow for unshaded solar energy collection. To connect the panels to the school's electrical system, the wiring would be installed underground and connected directly to the school's existing electrical system. The solar systems would produce approx 80% of the school'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 enrollment, capacity or intensity of uses are proposed as part of this project. The project would be installed per DSA approved design specifications. The project would be executed per appropriate and current district standards, guidelines and construction BMPs. The new solar structures would serve as campus improvements, and as such, the beneficiaries of the project include the school's students, faculty, staff and members of the community.

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

(714) 730-7327

Location

Cities
Tustin
Counties
Orange

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Statutory Exemption
Type, Section or Code
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 statutory exempt from CEQA. The project would enhance the renewable energy capabilities of the school and would not alter or expand the use of the parking lots. Further, a review of the possible exceptions to the exemption determined that no exceptions exist and the school project qualifies for the statutory exemption.
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