Undeveloped Land/Kern County General Plan: 8.1 (Intensive Agriculture), 8.1/2.3 (Intensive Agriculture/Shallow Groundwater), and 8.1/2.5 (Intensive Agriculture/Flood Hazard). Kern County Zoning: A (Exclusive Agriculture).
The Sandrini Solar Project (proposed project or project) as proposed by EDPR CA Solar Park, LLC (project proponent) would develop, construct, and operate a 300 megawatt (MW) alternating current (AC) solar photovoltaic facility and necessary associated infrastructure, including up to 100 MW of battery energy storage, on approximately 3,447.33 acres of privately-owned land. The project site consists of four sites (Sites 1 through 4) located on 33 privately-owned parcels. The project would be supported by both a 70 kilovolt (kV) and a 230 kV overhead and/or underground electrical transmission lines originating from two on-site project collector substations and terminating at its interconnection point with Pacific Gas and Electric’s (PG&E’s) existing Wheeler Ridge Substation. The Wheeler Ridge Substation is located north of the project site near the City of Bakersfield. Both transmission lines will convey electricity back and forth between different phases of the Sandrini Solar Project and the larger electrical grid. In addition to the photovoltaic solar arrays and associated equipment as proposed, other permanent facilities would be installed as part of the project including service access roads, a power collection system, communication cables, overhead and underground transmission lines, electrical switchyards, two collector substations, inverter stations, an up to 100 MW battery energy storage system, and operations and maintenance (O&M) facilities.
Implementation of the project as proposed would require: CUP 9, Map #159; CUP 27, Map #160; CUP 28, Map #160; CUP 27, Map #161; GPA 2, Map #159 (Circulation); GPA 3, Map #160 (Circulation); GPA 4, Map #161(Circulation); and Williamson Act Land Use Cancellations #21-01, #21-02, #21-03,# 21-04, and #21-05.
Kern County Planning and Natural Resources Department
Adjacent to Interstate I-5, State Route SR-99, and SR-166
SR 99, SR 166
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 Transportation, District 6 (DOT), California Department of Water Resources (DWR), 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, Central Valley Fresno Region 5 (RWQCB), Central Valley Flood Protection Board, Department of Toxic Substances Control, Office of Historic Preservation, California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Central Region 4 (CDFW)
State Reviewing Agency Comments
California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Central Region 4 (CDFW)
Power:Solar (PV Solar)(Megawatts 300), Power:Other Power Type (Battery Storage)(Megawatts 100)
General Plan Amendment, Use Permit, WALUC Cancellation
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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