Parks and Recreation, Department of
(California Department of Parks and Recreation)
Hearst Castle Parking Lot Solar Canopies
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Install Photovoltaic solar panels, grid interactive inverters and a supporting canopy structure in the Hearst Castle Visitor Center Visitor Center Parking Lot at Hearst San Simeon State Historic Monument for production of power to supply the Hearst Castle Visitor Center, Business offices, Maintenance yard and Hearst State Beach. Project will:
Install 53 columns with a maximum height of 23 feet on concrete footings (maximum 10.5 feet deep x 30 inch diameter) to support 1,812 solar photovoltaic panels covering 38,346 square foot section of the Hearst Castle Visitor Center parking lot.;
Excavate a 36" deep x 24" wide x 85- foot long utility trench to install electrical conduit to the areas receiving power;
Remove up to 70 drought impacted non-Native Cypress trees in various states of declining health from the central section of the parking area and replace them with approx. XX low growing drought tolerant native shrubs;
Plant 90 Monterey Cypress, 48 Coast Live Oak and 50 Arroyo Willow trees around the parking lot perimeter to enhance the visual screening on Highway 1 and Hearst ranch; and
Install low level lighting on the parking canopies and remove the existing taller, brighter lights to reduce light pollution.
project consists of the minor alteration of existing public structures involving negligible or no expansion of use beyond current levels; the construction of limited numbers of new, small facilities or structures; and the minor alterations in the condition of land, water, and/or vegetation which do not involve removal of healthy, mature, scenic trees.