Bellefield Solar Project

Summary

SCH Number
2021010168
Lead Agency
Kern County
Document Title
Bellefield Solar Project
Document Type
NOP - Notice of Preparation
Received
Present Land Use
Undeveloped Land/Kern County General Plan: 1.1 (State and Federal Land); 8.5 (Resource Management, Min. 20 Acre Parcel Size); and 8.5/2.5 (Resource Management, Min. 20 Acre Parcel Size/Flood Hazard). Undeveloped Land/Mojave Specific Plan:7.1 (7.1 – Light Industrial); and 7.3 (7.3 – Heavy Industrial). Kern County Zoning: A (Exclusive Agriculture); A-1 (Limited Agriculture); A-1 MH (Limited Agriculture Mobilehome Combining District); M-2 PD (Medium Industrial Precise Development Combining District); and M-3 PD (Heavy Industrial Precise Development Combining District). California City General Plan: O/RA – Controlled Development & Open Space. California City Zoning: O/RA (Open Space/Residential/Agricultural).

Document Description
The Bellefield Solar Project by 50LW 8ME LLC (project proponent), is a proposed photovoltaic solar facility and energy storage system capable of producing up to 1,500 megawatt (MW) alternating current (AC) utility-scale solar power with an up to 1,500 MW-hour (MWh) energy storage capacity on approximately 8,371 acres of privately-owned land. The proposed project would be supported by a 230 kilovolt (kV) overhead and/or underground electrical transmission line(s) originating from one or more on-site substation(s)/switchyard(s) and terminating at the Southern California Edison (SCE) Windhub Substation. The combined linear distance of the gen-tie alternatives are 89.6 miles with a width of 200 feet. The collector lines are generally located within or adjacent to the Kern County and/or California City parcels, while the gen-tie alternatives generally originate from the central portion of the Project heading west around Mojave, before reaching Oak Creek Road and SCE’s Windhub Substation. The project may require the acquisition of up to 200 feet of privately-owned land, abutting the Oak Creek Road right-of-way for gen-tie routing purposes. The proposed project’s permanent facilities would include service roads, a power collection system, communication cables, overhead and underground transmission lines, 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) GPA #2, Map 195; b) ZCC 2, Map 195; c) ZCC #57, Map 196; d) CUP #1, Map 195; e) CUP #57, Map 196; and f) SPA #31, Map 196. California City (Responsible Agency): a) CUP 19-03.

Contact Information
Ronelle Candia
Kern County Planning and Natural Resources Department
Lead/Public Agency
2700 M Street, Suite 100
Bakersfield, CA 93301

Phone : (661) 862-8997
candiar@kerncounty.com

50LW 8ME LLC
Project Applicant

Location

Coordinates
35°0'0"N 118°0'0"W
Cities
California City
Counties
Kern
Regions
Unincorporated
Cross Streets
Altus Avenue & State Route 58
Zip
93501
Total Acres
8,371
Jobs
20
Parcel #
multiple
State Highways
SR 58
Railways
Southern Pacific Railroad
Airports
Mojave Air and Spaceport
Township
11N
Range
11W
Section
Mult
Base
SBB&M
Other Location Info
The project site is located within portions of unincorporated Kern County and the City of California City. The project site is located east of the community of Mojave and the Mojave Air and Space Port Airport (Mojave Airport), straddles State Route (SR) 58, and is just west and south of the Hyundai Proving Ground.

Notice of Completion

Review Period Start
Review Period End
Development Type
Power:Solar (PV Solar)(Megawatts 1,500 MW) Power:Other Power Type (Battery Storage)(Megawatts 1,500 MW)
Local Action
General Plan Amendment Rezone Use Permit
Project Issues
Aesthetics Agriculture and Forestry Resources Air Quality Biological Resources Cultural Resources Cumulative Effects Drainage/Absorption Economics/Jobs Flood Plain/Flooding Geology/Soils Greenhouse Gas Emissions 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 Tribal Cultural Resources Vegetation Wetland/Riparian Wildfire Wildlife Other
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, Division of Aeronautics (DOT) California Department of Transportation, Division of Transportation Planning (DOT) California Department of Water Resources (DWR) California Energy Commission California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (OES) California Natural Resources Agency California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Lahontan Victorville Region 6 (RWQCB) Department of Toxic Substances Control Office of Historic Preservation California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC) California Department of Transportation, District 6 (DOT) California Highway Patrol (CHP) California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Central Region 4 (CDFW)

Attachments

Environmental Document
2021-01-15 Bellefield NOP- Initial Study_As_Circ   PDF 5593 K
NOC
NOC Clearinghouse Form_Bellefield Solar   PDF 214 K
State Comments
2021010168_Caltrans Comment   PDF 149 K 2021010168_CDFW Comment   PDF 340 K 2021010168_CHP Comment   PDF 155 K 2021010168_NAHC Comment   PDF 286 K

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