Arica and Victory Pass Solar Projects

2 Documents in Project

Summary

SCH Number
2020100076
Lead Agency
California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Inland Deserts Region 6 (CDFW)
Document Title
Arica and Victory Pass Solar Projects
Document Type
EIR - Draft EIR
Received
Present Land Use
Open Space-Rural (County); Area of Critical Environmental Concern, Multi-modal use, Development Focus Area, Solar Energy Zones (BLM)
Document Description
Arica Solar LLC and Victory Pass I LLC (Applicants) have applied for Incidental Take Permits for the Mojave desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii) under the California Endangered Species Act and submitted Lake and Streambed Agreement notifications to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) as part of a broader proposal to construct the Projects. The Projects propose utility-scale solar photovoltaic electrical generating and storage facilities and associated infrastructure to generate and deliver renewable electricity to the statewide electricity transmission grid. The Arica Project would generate 265 megawatts (MW) and the Victory Pass Project would generate 200 MW of energy using alternating current solar photovoltaic technology. Each Project would include up to 200 MW of battery storage. The total potential ground disturbance would be 2,724 acres overall (1,355 acres for the Arica site, 1,310 acres for the Victory Pass site, approximately 52 additional acres along the shared gen-tie corridor, and less than 7 acres for access roads). CDFW, consistent with their obligation as the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) lead agency, has analyzed and disclosed the environmental effects of the Projects, in combination, as the “whole of the action” in the Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR). Notwithstanding the proposed exercise of CDFW’s regulatory authority under the California Fish and Game Code, construction, operation and maintenance, and decommissioning of the Projects over 35 to 50 years will cause other environmental impacts across the resource spectrum that are relevant under CEQA. The Draft EIR addresses the environmental effects of both Projects because they are immediately adjacent to one another, would share the same switchyard and single operations and maintenance facility, and would share a 3.2-mile gen-tie line to the existing Southern California Edison Red Bluff Substation, located south of Interstate 10. The Incidental Take Permits and Lake and Streambed Agreements, if issued by CDFW subject to certain conditions, would remain in effect for 5 years. Construction of the proposed Projects would begin once all applicable approvals and permits have been obtained. It would take approximately 18 months for Arica and 16 months for Victory Pass from the start of construction to completion of the Projects. The Projects are anticipated to start construction at the same time, so the bulk of the construction for each Project would overlap. During construction, minimal grading would occur, and temporary workspaces and staging areas would be developed. Access roads may be graded and widened and an access road, if not existing, would be developed to access the gen-tie line facilities. Upon completion of construction, temporary disturbance areas would be restored.

Contact Information

Name
Magdalena Rodriguez
Agency Name
California Department of Fish and Wildlife
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency

Location

Cities
Desert Center
Counties
San Bernardino
Regions
Citywide
Cross Streets
North of Interstate 10
Total Acres
2,724
Parcel #
811-160-066, 811-160-014, 811-190-011, 811-190-012, 810-110-014,811-211-002, 811-190-015,
State Highways
State Route 177, Interstate 10
Railways
None
Airports
None
Schools
None
Waterways
Palen Dry Lake (~2 miles east)
Township
5S
Range
16/17E
Section
Multi
Other Location Info
and 811-231-006

Notice of Completion

Review Period Start
Review Period End
Development Types
Power:Solar (Megawatts 465)
Local Actions
Incidental Take Permit; Lake and Streambed Alteration Agreement
Project Issues
Aesthetics, Agriculture and Forestry Resources, Air Quality, Biological Resources, Cultural Resources, Cumulative Effects, Drainage/Absorption, Energy, Flood Plain/Flooding, Geology/Soils, Growth Inducement, Hazards & Hazardous Materials, Hydrology/Water Quality, Land Use/Planning, Mineral Resources, Noise, Population/Housing, Public Services, Recreation, Schools/Universities, Septic System, Sewer Capacity, Solid Waste, Transportation, Vegetation, Wetland/Riparian, Wildfire, Forest Land/Fire Hazard; Soil Erosion; Water Supply/Groundwater
Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board (ARB), California Department of Conservation (DOC), California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of Transportation, District 8 (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, Colorado River Basin Region 7 (RWQCB), Colorado River Board, Department of Toxic Substances Control, Office of Historic Preservation, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water

Attachments

Notice of Completion [NOC] Transmittal form

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