The District proposes to install solar energy array on an elevated carport-like structure (Structure A) at Ross MS. Structure A would be installed over the multipurpose field behind the classroom buildings near the basketball courts and would be a minimum of 10-foot high consisting of metal columns and beams supporting array panels. Structure A would have 390 photo-voltaic (PV) modules tilted at a 7-degree angle and the direct current (DC) system size of 163.800 kilowatts (kW). Approximately 461 feet of conduit would be installed by directional borings from the solar array through paved lots and grass area to an existing electrical equipment box between the school buildings and the western multipurpose field. The project would also provide underground conduit for installation of car chargers in the future. However, installation of car chargers require additional funding and would not be installed at this time. The District and general community will benefit from a reduction in energy consumption and reduced energy costs.
The project involves the construction of solar energy array on an elevated structure. The proposed solar array will not result in an increase in student capacity or an expansion of existing use. No off-campus improvements will occur. Existing use of the facility as an elementary school will stay the same under the proposed project. Therefore, the project is exempt from CEQA under Sections 15301, 15303, and 15314. The proposed project was also reviewed for possible exceptions under Section 15300.2 and found that the exceptions do not apply. See Attachment to Notice of Exemption for further explanation of the evaluation, which is available at the ABC Unified School District Office, 16700 Norwalk Blvd, Cerritos, CA 90703.
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