Reasons for Exemption
Section 15301 – Section 15301 exempts the repair, maintenance, or minor alteration of existing public or private structures, facilities, or topographical features, involving negligible or no expansion of use beyond that existing at the time of the lead agency’s determination. The installation of the new solar panels will involve minor modifications to the existing SFO roof to mount the solar panels and to the existing electrical infrastructure on the site to link the panels to the electrical grid. In conformance with this exemption, the installation of the solar panels will not expand use of the SFO.
Section 15303 – Section 15303 exempts new construction and location of limited numbers of new, small facilities or structures and the installation of small new equipment and facilities, including the construction of new solar panels.
Section 15304 – Section 15304 exempts minor public or private alterations in the condition of land, water, and/or vegetation, including minor trenching where the surface is restored, so long as the alterations do not involve removal of healthy, mature, scenic trees except for forestry and agricultural purposes. This exemption covers the minor trenching necessary to connect the solar panels and associated infrastructure to the electrical grid.