Lake Herman Road Solar Project

Summary

SCH Number
2020019009
Lead Agency
City of Benicia
Document Title
Lake Herman Road Solar Project
Document Type
MND - Mitigated Negative Declaration
Received
Present Land Use
The project site is part of a largely undeveloped swath of hills located in the northern portion of the City of Benicia. Lake Herman is directly west of the project site, and Lake Herman Road is to the south. The site is currently underdeveloped and existing land uses in the surroundings area include single family homes to the southwest, heavy industrial uses to the south, and extensive undeveloped hillsides used for cattle grazing to the north and east. The Benicia General Plan designates the site General Open Space, and the site is zoned Open Space (OS).
Document Description
The Lake Herman Road Solar Project (proposed project) would include the development of a 35-acre, 5-Megawatt Alternating Current (AC) solar facility with 18,424 solar modules. The modules would be ground-mounted photovoltaic (PV) single-axis solar arrays oriented in the north-south direction to allow each row to slowly rotate over the course of the day. The proposed project would not require a grading permit, and panels would be arranged to avoid areas of the site containing steep slopes. Additionally, the proposed project would include a Zoning Text Amendment to allow Solar Utilities within areas zoned as Open Space (OS) throughout the City.

Contact Information

Name
Suzanne Thorsen
Agency Name
City of Benicia
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency

Name
Agency Name
Renewable Properties, LLC
Contact Types
Project Applicant

Location

Cities
Benicia
Counties
Solano
Cross Streets
Lake Herman Road
Zip
94510
Total Acres
88.5
Parcel #
0080-030-050
State Highways
680
Schools
Joe Henderson Elementary, Matthew Turner Elementary
Waterways
Sulfur Springs Creek, Lake Herman
Township
3N
Range
3W
Section
24
Base
MDBM

Notice of Completion

State Review Period Start
State Review Period End
State Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board (ARB), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, South Coast Region 5 (CDFW), California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), California Department of Transportation, District 4 (DOT), California Department of Water Resources (DWR), California Energy Commission, California Highway Patrol (CHP), California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Natural Resources Agency, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), California Regional Water Quality Control Board, San Francisco Bay Region 2 (RWQCB), State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Quality
Development Types
Power (Solar)(Megawatts 5 MW)
Local Actions
Use Permit, Zoning Text Amendment, Design Review
Project Issues
Biological Resources, Cultural Resources, Land Use/Planning

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