Berrenda Mesa Water District Solar Project


SCH Number
Lead Agency
Berrenda Mesa Water District
Document Title
Berrenda Mesa Water District Solar Project
Document Type
MND - Mitigated Negative Declaration
Project Applicant
Jessica Sager, Manager, Land Development, Tesla
Present Land Use
Zoning: Exclusive Agriculture; GP: Extensive Agriculture 9-0-or 80-acre minimum), Intensive Agriculture (20-acre minimum)

Document Description
Berrenda Mesa Water District proposes to construct and install a fenced and gated 8-megawatt (MW) solar photovoltaic (PV) energy generation facility, interconnection to Pump Station A, and installation of electrical connection equipment at Pump Station A. The solar array is proposed to generate approximately 1,300 MWh per year. BMWD would acquire easements for the interconnection route and access to public roads and to Station A for project purposes over land burdened by existing BMWD easements for water pipeline and access purposes primarily. A new access route would extend approximately 1,600 feet south of the array and then east approximately 2,670 feet across the north side of APN 057-070-43 and a small portion of the northeast corner of APN 057-070-42 to connect to existing farm roads and then to SR 33. The project site is an approximately 60-acre parcel owned by BMWD (currently APN 057-070-25-00-8) near the Keck's Corner area in northwestern unincorporated Kern County, California. See NOC for full details.

Contact Information
Phillip Nixon
Berrenda Mesa Water District
14823 Highway 33
Lost Hills, CA 93249

Phone : (661) 797-2671


35°41'30.7"N 119°59'9.9"W
Cross Streets
Unnamed roads north of SR-46, west of SR-33, southeast of Kecks Road and the California Aqueduct
Total Acres
Parcel #
057-070-25-008 (currently)
State Highways
California Aqueduct, irrigation ditchest
Other Location Info
City/Nearest Community: Lost Hills Section: 2, 35 Township: 25S

Notice of Completion

Review Period Start
Review Period End
Development Type
Power (Solar)
Local Action
Approval of Solar Facility
Project Issues
Aesthetic/Visual Agricultural Land Air Quality Archaeologic-Historic Biological Resources Drainage/Absorption Flood Plain/Flooding Forest Land/Fire Hazard Geologic/Seismic Minerals Noise Population/Housing Balance Public Services Recreation/Parks Schools/Universities Septic System Sewer Capacity Soil Erosion/Compaction/Grading Solid Waste Toxic/Hazardous Traffic/Circulation Vegetation Water Quality Water Supply Wetland/Riparian Growth Inducing Land Use Cumulative Effects Energy, Wildfire
Reviewing Agencies
Air Resources Board, Major Industrial Projects California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Central Region 4 California Department of Parks and Recreation California Energy Commission California Highway Patrol California Native American Heritage Commission California Public Utilities Commission California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Central Valley Fresno Region 5 Central Valley Flood Protection Board Department of Toxic Substances Control Department of Water Resources Resources Agency State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Quality California Department of Conservation California Department of Transportation, District 6


Environmental Document
BMWD Solar Project IS-MND   PDF 30917 K BMWD Solar Project Summary Form   PDF 219 K
NOC   PDF 1473 K
State Comments
2019089091_Conservation_Berrenda Mesa Solar IS_MND FInal   PDF 163 K KER-33-69   PDF 343 K

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