The Aratina Solar Project, as proposed by 64NB 8ME, LLC (8Minute Energy), 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 privately-owned land in unincorporated Kern County. The proposed project consists of five separate sites (Sites 1 through 5) located on 22 parcels and totals approximately 2,554 acres; however, it is anticipated that approximately 2,317 acres will be utilized for the construction of the solar panels and permanent facilities.
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.
The project proponent is requesting the following: four (4) zone change cases (ZCC 6, Map #192; ZCC 3, Map #208-5; ZCC 6, Map #208-6; ZCC 1, Map #209-1) from the existing Zone Districts A-1(Limited Agriculture) and R-1(Low Density Residential) to the A (Exclusive Agriculture) Zone District; six (6) conditional use permits (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) to allow the construction and operation of 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; and six (6) Amendments to the Circulation Element of the Kern County General Plan to remove sections and midsection line road reservations (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).
Ronelle Rheta Candia
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
Other Location Info
Within Sections 5 and 6, Township 10N, Range 7W; Sections 1 and 2, Township 10N, 8W; and Sections 33 and 35, Township 11N, Range 8W, San Bernardino Base Meridian, County of Kern, State of California.
Notice of Completion
State Review Period Start
State Review Period End
State 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 Resources Recycling and Recovery, California Department of Transportation, District 6 (DOT), California Department of Transportation, District 9 (DOT), 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 Highway Patrol (CHP), California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), 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, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Quality, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Central Region 4 (CDFW)
State Reviewing Agency Comments
California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Central Region 4 (CDFW)
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
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