In August 2020, the Kern County Planning and Natural Resources Department circulated a Notice of Preparation for the previously proposed Aratina Solar Farm Project. Since that time, the project proponent, 64NB 8ME LLC, has modified the project design to incorporate additional setbacks from the unincorporated communities of Boron and Desert Lake and submitted a revised project description to the County. The proposed project described in the Notice of Preparation/Initial Study reflects the modified project, titled the Aratina Solar Project 2.0.
The Aratina Solar Project 2.0, as proposed by 64NB 8ME LLC, would develop a photovoltaic solar facility and associated infrastructure necessary to generate up to 530 megawatt-alternating current (MW-AC) of renewable energy, including up to 600 megawatts of energy storage, on approximately 2,317 acres of privately-owned land. The project site consists of five sites (Sites 1 through 5) located on 22 parcels. The project would be supported by a 230-kilovolt (kV) gen-tie overhead and/or underground electrical transmission line(s) originating from one or more on-site substations and terminating at the Southern California Edison's Holgate Substation to the north. Alternatively, the project may interconnect at Southern California Edison’s Kramer Substation to the east, located in San Bernardino County via an up to 230kV transmission line located within an Edwards Air Force Base utility corridor. The project’s permanent facilities would include, but are not limited to, service roads, a power collection system, inverter stations, transformer systems, transmission lines, electrical switchyards, project substations, energy (battery) storage system, and operations and maintenance facilities.
Implementation of the project as proposed would require:
Aratina Solar Project 2.0 by 64NB 8ME LLC (PP20401); ZCC 6, Map #192; ZCC 3, Map #208-5; ZCC 6, Map #208-6; ZCC 1, Map #209-1; CUP 16, Map #192; CUP 17, Map #192; CUP 3, Map #208-5; CUP 7, Map #208-6; CUP 1, Map #209-1; CUP 1, Map #209-2; GPA 6, Map #192; GPA 2, Map #192-35; GPA 3, Map #208-5; GPA 3, Map #208-6; GPA 1, Map #209-1; and GPA 1, Map #209-2.
Kern County Planning and Natural Resources Department
Straddling SR 58 between Gephart Rd on the west and the San Bernardino County on the east
West Boron Elementary School
Notice of Completion
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Power:Solar (PV Solar)(Megawatts 530), Power:Other Power Type (Battery Storage)(Megawatts 600)
General Plan Amendment, Rezone, Use Permit
Aesthetics, Agriculture and Forestry Resources, Air Quality, Biological Resources, Cultural Resources, Cumulative Effects, Drainage/Absorption, Economics/Jobs, Energy, Flood Plain/Flooding, Geology/Soils, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Growth Inducement, Hazards & Hazardous Materials, Hydrology/Water Quality, Land Use/Planning, Mandatory Findings of Significance, Mineral Resources, Noise, Population/Housing, Public Services, Recreation, Schools/Universities, Septic System, Sewer Capacity, Solid Waste, Transportation, Tribal Cultural Resources, Utilities/Service Systems, Vegetation, Wetland/Riparian, Wildfire
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 Resources Recycling and Recovery, California Department of Transportation, District 6 (DOT), California Department of Transportation, Division of Aeronautics (DOT), California Department of Transportation, Division of Transportation Planning (DOT), California Energy Commission, California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (OES), California Highway Patrol (CHP), California Natural Resources Agency, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Lahontan Victorville Region 6 (RWQCB), California State Lands Commission (SLC), Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), Department of Toxic Substances Control, Office of Historic Preservation, California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Department of Transportation, District 9 (DOT), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Central Region 4 (CDFW), California Department of Water Resources (DWR)
Reviewing Agency Comments
California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Department of Transportation, District 9 (DOT), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Central Region 4 (CDFW), California Department of Water Resources (DWR)
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