JANUS SOLAR PROJECT

2 Documents in Project

Summary

SCH Number
2020070577
Lead Agency
Colusa County
Document Title
JANUS SOLAR PROJECT
Document Type
EIR - Draft EIR
Received
Present Land Use
Agricultural/Grazing
Document Description
The County of Colusa, as the Lead Agency, has prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the proposed Use Permit (UP) and Williamson Act contract cancellation to construct, operate, maintain, and decommission a photovoltaic (PV) electricity generating facility, with a battery energy storage system (BESS) and associated facilities and infrastructure, commonly known as the Janus Solar Project (Project). The Project consists of three major components: a solar energy generating facility, the battery energy storage system (BESS), and the generation tie-line. The solar facility would include arrays of solar PV modules (or panels) and support structures, direct current (DC) electricity to alternating current (AC) electricity power inverters and transformers or power conditioning stations, and an on-site substation. The Project would include approximately 196,000 solar PV modules in multiple solar arrays interconnected to form a utility-scale PV system. Other solar facility components would include a project substation, access roads, perimeter fences, telecommunications infrastructure, a meteorological data collection system, signage, lighting, stormwater facilities, and an operations and maintenance building. The BESS is expected to be located adjacent to the aforementioned substation. Batteries would be contained within metal enclosures. The combined footprint for the BESS would be approximately 5 acres. Key components of the BESS include batteries and battery storage system enclosures and controllers, converters, inverters, and transformers. Sealed battery modules would be installed in self-supporting racks electrically connected either in series or parallel to each other. The BESS enclosures would house the batteries as well as the battery storage system controllers. The BESS enclosures would also house required heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) and fire protection systems. The on-site substation would connect to the existing Cortina Substation via an approximately 3-mile-long, 60 kV gen-tie line strung on approximately 59 new poles of up to 80 feet in height. The gen-tie line also would include fiber optic line for communications.

Contact Information

Name
Community Development Department
Agency Name
Colusa County
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency

Location

Cities
Williams
Counties
Colusa
Regions
Unincorporated
Cross Streets
1958 and 1961 Spring Valley Road and Walnut Drive
Zip
95987
Total Acres
1023.9
Jobs
3
Parcel #
018-050-005, 006, 013
State Highways
SR 20
Waterways
Tehama Colusa Canal, Spring Creek, Spring Valley Creek
Township
14N
Range
4W
Section
1,2, 3
Base
MDBM

Notice of Completion

State Review Period Start
State Review Period End
Development Types
Power:Solar (Megawatts 80), Power:Electric Transmission Lines (inter-tie to existing substation)(Megawatts 80), Power:Other Power Type (Battery Storage)(Megawatts 80)
Local Actions
Use Permit
Project Issues
Aesthetics, Agriculture and Forestry Resources, Air Quality, Biological Resources, Cultural Resources, Cumulative Effects, Drainage/Absorption, Energy, Flood Plain/Flooding, Geology/Soils, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Hazards & Hazardous Materials, Hydrology/Water Quality, Land Use/Planning, Noise, Public Services, Transportation, Tribal Cultural Resources, Utilities/Service Systems, Vegetation, Wetland/Riparian, Wildfire
Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board (ARB), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, North Central Region 2 (CDFW), California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of Transportation, District 3 (DOT), California Department of Water Resources (DWR), California Energy Commission, California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (OES), 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, Central Valley Sacramento Region 5 (RWQCB), Central Valley Flood Protection Board, Department of Toxic Substances Control, Office of Historic Preservation, California Department of Conservation (DOC)
Reviewing Agency Comments
California Department of Conservation (DOC)

Attachments

Notice of Completion [NOC] Transmittal form
State Comment Letters [Comments from state reviewing agencies]

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