Reasons for Exemption
Statutory Exemptions. State code number. PRC § 21080.35
This project will install a solar thermal energy system at the California Dairies, Inc. dairy processing facility in Visalia, CA. This project will involve minor alteration of existing mechanical equipment at an existing food processing facility and will result in negligible or no expansion of the existing use. The solar thermal energy system consists of solar collectors, heat exchangers, hot water storage tanks, piping, insulation, and associated racking, wiring, fittings, and fasteners. The materials used to construct the system are chemically inert, not hazardous to human health, and do not have a significant effect on the environment. The system will undergo safety testing prior to installation at the demonstration site to ensure compliance with relevant environmental codes and standards. In addition, all required permits for construction and operation of the system will be obtained prior to system installation and demonstration. The demonstration will not have a significant impact on local air quality, noise, or traffic, and is expected to reduce local criteria pollutant emissions. For these reasons, the project will not have a significant effect on the environment and falls under the categorical exemption listed in 14 C.C.R. § 15301.
This project will involve the installation of a solar energy system on the roof of an existing building and pursuant to Pub. Res. Code§ 21080.35 is exempt from CEQA. The materials will enable the generation and use of solar heated water and associated equipment will not occupy more than 500 square feet of ground surface. No individual federal Clean Water Act permits or waste discharge requirements under Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act, individual take permits or streambed alteration permits will be needed for this project. For these reasons, this project is statutorily exempt from CEQA under Pub. Res. Code § 21080.35.