Bellfield Solar Project by 50LW 8ME (8Minute Energy)

5 Documents in Project

Summary

SCH Number
2021010168
Lead Agency
Kern County
Document Title
Bellfield Solar Project by 50LW 8ME (8Minute Energy)
Document Type
NOD - Notice of Determination
Received
Posted
12/16/2021
Document Description
The Bellefield Solar Project by 50LW 8ME LLC (8Minute Energy - 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 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. The project proponent is requesting the following: Kern County (Lead Agency): a) GPA #2, Map 195 from the existing Map Code 1.1 (State or Federal Land) to 8.5 (Resource Management) for approximately 82.19 acres; b) ZCC # 2, Map 195 from existing Zone District A-1 (Limited Agriculture) to A (Exclusive Agriculture) for approximately 5,291.55 acres and from A-1 MH (Limited Agriculture - Mobile Home Combining) to A for approximately 146.71 acres.; c) ZCC #57, Map 196 from existing Zone District M-3 PD (Heavy Industrial - Precise Development Combining) to M-1 PD (Light Industrial - Precise Development Combining) for approximately 477.39 acres and M-2 PD (Medium Industrial – Precise Development Combining) to M-1 PD for approximately 141.43 acres; d) Issuance of CUP #1, Map 195 to allow for the construction and operation of a 5,438.26-acre PV solar facility with a total project generating capacity, in both Kern County and California City, of up to 1,500 MW of alternating current power and 1,500 MW hours of storage capacity within the A (Exclusive Agriculture) pursuant to Section 19.12.030.G of the Kern County Zoning Ordinance; e) Issuance of CUP #57, Map 196 to allow for the construction and operation of a 830.87-acre PV solar facility with a total project generating capacity, in both Kern County and California City, of up to 1,500 MW of alternating current power and 1,500 MW hours of storage capacity within the A (Exclusive Agriculture) District pursuant to Section 19.12.030.G, M-1 PD (Light Industrial - Precise Development Combining) District pursuant to Section 19.36.030.G, and M-3 PD (Heavy Industrial - Precise Development Combining) District pursuant to Section 19.40.030.G of the Kern County Zoning Ordinance; f) GPA #3, Map 195 to amend the Circulation Element of the Kern County General Plan to remove road reservations on section and mid-section lines within the Kern County project boundaries; g) SPA #31, Map 196 to amend the Circulation Element of the Mojave Specific Plan to remove road reservations on section and mid-section lines within the Kern County project boundaries; and h) Non-Summary Vacations of Public Access Easements within the Project Boundaries. California City (Responsible Agency): a) For the parcels within California City city-limits, a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) must be obtained from the City to allow for the construction and operation of a solar facility, in the O/RA (Open Space/Residential Agricultural) zone (CUP 19-03), of a 2,102.63-acre PV solar facility with a total project generating capacity, in both Kern County and California City, of up to 1,500 MW of alternating current power and 1,500 MW hours of storage capacity. 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.

Contact Information

Name
Mark Tolentino
Agency Name
Kern County Planning and Natural Resources Department
Job Title
Planner II
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency

Location

Cities
California City
Counties
Kern
Regions
Unincorporated
Cross Streets
Altus Avenue/State Route 58
Zip
93501/9350
Total Acres
8,371
Parcel #
multiple
State Highways
SR 58; SR 14
Railways
Southern Pacific Railroad
Airports
Mojave Air and Spaceport
Schools
None
Waterways
None
Township
11N
Section
Multi
Base
SBB&M
Other Information
Township/Range - T11N, R 11 W, R12W

Notice of Determination

Approving Agency
Kern County Board of Supervisors
Approving Agency Role
Lead Agency
Approved On
County Clerk
Kern
Final Environmental Document Available at
Kern County Planning and Natural resources Department 2700 "M" Street, Suite 100 Bakersfield, CA 93301

Determinations

(1) The project will have a significant impact on the environment
Yes
(2a) An Environmental Impact Report was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
Yes
(2b) A Mitigated or a Negative Declaration was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
No
(2c) An other document type was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
No
(3) Mitigated measures were made a condition of the approval of the project
Yes
(4) A mitigation reporting or monitoring plan was adopted for this project
Yes
(5) A Statement of Overriding Considerations was adopted for this project
Yes
(6) Findings were made pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
Yes

Attachments

Notice of Completion [NOC] Transmittal form

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