Wister Solar Energy Facility Project

2 Documents in Project


SCH Number
Lead Agency
Imperial County
Document Title
Wister Solar Energy Facility Project
Document Type
NOP - Notice of Preparation
Project Applicant
Orni 21, LLC
Present Land Use
Vacant/Open Space/Preservation with a geothermal overlay (S-G-2)/Recreation

Document Description
The proposed project involves the construction and operation of a 20 Megawatt photovoltaic (PV) solar energy facility on approximately 100 acres of privately-owned land. The proposed project would be comprised of solar PV panels on single-axis horizontal trackers, on-site substation and inverters, transformers, and underground electrical cables. The project also includes approximately 2 miles of fiberoptic line from the proposed on-site substation to the existing Niland Substation to connect the proposed Wister Substation to the region's telecommunications system. A gen-tie line would connect the Wister substation to the Point of Interconnection at the existing Imperial Irrigation District's 92kV "K" line. Upgrades to off-site IID facilities (92 kV line from New Mecca to the North Shore substation, and Niland substation) are also proposed to support the proposed project.

Contact Information
Patricia Valenzuela
Imperial County Planning and Development Department
801 Main Street
El Centro, CA 92243

Phone : (442) 265-1749


Cross Streets
Wilkins and Weist Roads
Parcel #
State Highways
SR 111
Union Pacific Railroad
East Highline Canal

Notice of Completion

Review Period Start
Review Period End
Development Type
Power:Solar (20 Watts)
Local Action
General Plan Amendment Rezone Use Permit Variance
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 Soil Erosion/Compaction/Grading Solid Waste Toxic/Hazardous Traffic/Circulation Vegetation Water Quality Water Supply Wetland/Riparian Growth Inducing Land Use Cumulative Effects
Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board California Department of Conservation California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Inland Deserts Region 6 California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection California Department of Parks and Recreation California Department of Transportation, District 11 California Department of Water Resources California Energy Commission California Governor's Office of Emergency Services California Highway Patrol California Natural Resources Agency California Public Utilities Commission California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Colorado River Basin Region 7 Colorado River Board Department of Toxic Substances Control Office of Historic Preservation State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Quality State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Rights California Native American Heritage Commission


Environmental Document
Letter   PDF 224 K Wister Solar Energy Project Complete NOP Pkg   PDF 3860 K
Notice of Completion   PDF 1262 K
State Comments
2019110140_NAHC_NOP Wister Solar Energy Facility Project 11-14-2019   PDF 167 K

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