The Kudu Solar Farm Project by 69SV 8ME LLC (project proponent), is a proposed photovoltaic solar facility and energy storage system capable of producing up to 500 MW of alternating current power and 600 MW hours of storage capacity on approximately 1,955.13 acres of privately-owned land. The proposed project would be supported by a 230-kV gen-tie overhead and/or underground generation tie-line (gen-tie) from originating from the Eland substation and terminating at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s Barren Ridge Substation located approximately two miles to the northwest of the project site, or through an upgraded connection through Eland 1. The proposed project intends to share the Eland 1 Solar Project’s gen-tie line and right of way, which will be accomplished by constructing the line conductor capable of supporting both projects. Construction of the gen-tie and substation will be done as part of the Eland 1 Solar Project, consistent with the conditions of approval outlined in that project’s CUP(s). If the proposed project cannot share these facilities, a new gen tie line would be developed within one of the routes previously analyzed in the Eland 1 Solar Supplemental Environmental Impact Report (State Clearinghouse No. 2012011029). The proposed project’s permanent facilities would include solar arrays and inverters, service roads, a power collection system, communication cables, overhead and underground electrical switchyards, project substations, energy storage system(s), and operations and maintenance (O&M) facilities.
Implementation of the project as proposed would require:
Kern County (Lead Agency): a) ZCC 14, Map #152 from A-1 (Limited Agriculture) to A (Exclusive Agriculture) on approximately 165 acres; from A 1 MH (Limited Agriculture Mobilehome Combining) to A on approximately two (2) acres; from PL RS (Platted Lands - Residential Suburban Combining) to A on approximately 10 acres; and from PL RS MH (Platted Lands Residential Suburban Combining Mobilehome Combining) to A on approximately 8 acres; b) CUP 28, Map #152 to allow for the construction and operation of up to a 100 MW solar electrical generating facility, as well as associated infrastructure including 600 MW hours of storage capacity, on approximately 674 acres in an A (Exclusive Agriculture) District pursuant to Section 19.12.030.G of the Kern County Zoning Ordinance; c) GPA 10, Map #152 (Circulation) Amendment to the Circulation Element of the Kern County General Plan to remove road reservations on section and midsection lines within the Kern County project boundaries; and d) Nonsummary Vacation of a public access easements and portions thereof, located within and around the project site within Section 32 of T31S, R37E.
California City (Responsible Agency): a) CUP 19-04 to allow for the construction and operation of a solar facility, in the O/RA (Openspace/Residential Agricultural) zone (CUP 19-04), of a 1,281.53-acre PV solar facility with a total project generating capacity, in both Kern County and California City, of up to 500 MW of alternating current power and 600 MW hours of storage capacity (CUP 19-04). The project proponent has requested to remove the future section and mid-section lines for the portion of the project within the City of California City’s jurisdiction. The City will determine during the CUP process (Sec. 9-2-2501 of the California City Municipal Code) what section lines will be required to be preserved and what ones will be removed.