MECPl Santa Clara 1, LLC (Applicant) is seeking an exemption from the California Energy Commission's jurisdiction (Small Power Plant Exemption, or SPPE) and proceed with local approval rather than requiring a certification by the California Energy Commission. Section 25519(c) of the Public Resources Code designates the Energy Commission as the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) lead agency, as provided in section 21165 of the Public Resources Code, for all projects that seek an exemption from the Energy Commission's power plant certification process.
The applicant proposes to construct and operate the Laurelwood Data Center (LDC or project) at 2201 Laurelwood Road in Santa Clara, California. The LDC would include of two multi-storied data center buildings, and 56 3.0 megawatt (MW) standby backup diesel-fired generators capable of providing electrical power during utility outages or certain onsite electrical equipment interruption or failure. The maximum electrical load of the LDC would be 99 MW, inclusive of tenant-installed information technology (IT) equipment in the LDC and cooling and ancillary electrical and telecommunications equipment operating to support IT equipment. The LDC would also include an onsite 60 kilovolt substation with an electrical supply line that would connect to a Silicon Valley Power distribution line located 0.1 miles west of the LDC. To make way for the project, demolition of asphalt/foundations and underground utilities would be necessary, prior to construction.
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