Hearst Castle Parking Lot Solar Canopies


SCH Number
Lead Agency
Parks and Recreation, Department of (California Department of Parks and Recreation)
Document Title
Hearst Castle Parking Lot Solar Canopies
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption

Document Description
Install PV solar panels, grid interactive inverters and a supporting canopy structure in the Hearst Castle 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 max height of 23 ft on concrete footings to support 1,812 solar pv panels covering a 38,346 sf section of the parking lot; excavate a 36" x 24" x 850 ft 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 from hwy 1 and hearst ranch; and install low level lighting on the parking canopies and remove the existing taller, brighter lights to reduce light pollution.

Contact Information
Elise Wheeler
California Department of Parks and Recreation
750 Hearst Castle Rd
San Simeon, CA 93452

Phone : (805) 927-2094


San Luis Obispo

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
15301, 15303, 15304
Reasons for Exemption
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.

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