The Project involves the construction, operation, and maintenance of a 44 MW PV solar facility on approximately 287 acres of private and BLM land. The infrastructure that will be installed includes the solar array, fencing, 34.5 kilovolt (kV) underground electrical collector lines, and access roads. Several areas would be used for temporary construction workspace during the construction period. The Project would connect to the existing Manzana Wind substation, where transformers would increase the voltage from 34.5 kV to 220 kV. The energy would then be transferred to the Southern California Edison (SCE) Whirlwind Substation using the existing Manzana Wind 220 kV generation-tie (gen-tie) line. The Project site would be accessed via the existing access roads on private land associated with adjacent wind projects. The primary access route to the Project would be from the south, following 170th Street West northward from the intersection with Rosamond Boulevard, and then along private access roads entitled for the Manzana, Pacific Wind, or Catalina projects.
The Project will permanently remove 3.97 acres of Bakersfield cactus (Opuntia basilaris var. treleasei) habitat. The project is expected to result in incidental take of Bakersfield cactus, which is designated as an endangered species under the California Endangered Species Act. The ITP referenced above as issued by CDFW authorizes incidental take of species listed under CESA that may occur as a result of Project implementation.