Gibson Solar Farm Project (ZF2020-0043)

Summary

SCH Number
2021100191
Lead Agency
Yolo County
Document Title
Gibson Solar Farm Project (ZF2020-0043)
Document Type
NOP - Notice of Preparation of a Draft EIR
Received
Present Land Use
Agriculture
Document Description
Gibson Renewables, LLC is seeking to construct and operate a solar PV electric-generating facility with the capacity to generate up to 20 MWac of renewable electrical energy. The Gibson Solar Farm Project (Project) would also include a 6.5 MWac/26 megawatt-hour (MWh) Battery Energy Storage System (BESS). The facility would be designed to operate year-round and would generate electricity during the daylight hours when local electricity demand is typically at its peak. The electricity generated by the PV field will be used in part for charging the batteries and the remaining energy generated by the PV field will be delivered to the grid. The batteries will discharge the stored energy during a 4-hour period (generally off-peak) providing 26 MWh of renewable energy. The major components of the facility include PV modules, single-axis sun tracking support structures, BESS, and electronic/electrical equipment to convert the electricity from the PV modules from direct current (DC) to alternating current (AC) electricity and transfer the electricity to the Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) Madison Substation via a short generation tie line (gen-tie line), which will be either underground or overhead, that connects the plant to existing overhead 21-kilovolt (kV) distribution line. The Project would be constructed on a 147.42-acre parcel of land, 0.6 miles west of Madison in unincorporated Yolo County. The PV modules themselves would cover approximately 34.4 acres, and the area used for access roads, equipment, and other fixtures would require another 5.5 acres. Hence, the total Project footprint would cover 39.9 acres. Because spacing between the parallel arrays is about 14 feet—to minimize inter-row shading of the sun—more than 107 acres would be available for use as a stable grassland/pollinator plant substrate. The Project would be located on a parcel that is currently in agricultural production and is surrounded by orchards and field crops. The parcel is currently under a Williamson Act Contract (Contract #71-206). A multi-use plan for the Project site has been proposed to support pollinators, grazing, growing native plants, host apiary use at the site, and carry out “agrivoltaics” (the practice of having agricultural uses in and around large-scale solar PV farms).

Contact Information

Name
Tracy Gonzalez
Agency Name
Yolo County
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency

Location

Counties
Yolo
Regions
Unincorporated
Cross Streets
State Highway 16
Zip
95653
Total Acres
147
Jobs
10
Parcel #
049-100-035
State Highways
State Route 16, Interstate 505
Railways
N/A
Airports
N/A
Schools
Madison High and Esparto High, Esparto Elementary
Waterways
South Fork Willow Slough, Cache Creek, Cottonwood Slough, Winters Canal
Township
10N
Range
1W
Section
33
Base
MDBM

Notice of Completion

Review Period Start
Review Period End
Development Types
Power:Solar (solar PV electric-generating and battery storage facility)(Megawatts 20)
Local Actions
Use Permit
Project Issues
Aesthetics, Agriculture and Forestry Resources, Air Quality, Biological Resources, Cultural Resources, Cumulative Effects, Energy, Geology/Soils, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Hazards & Hazardous Materials, Hydrology/Water Quality, Land Use/Planning, Noise, Tribal Cultural Resources, Utilities/Service Systems, Vegetation
Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board (ARB), California Department of Conservation (DOC), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, North Central Region 2 (CDFW), California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of Transportation, District 3 (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 Sacramento Region 5 (RWQCB), Central Valley Flood Protection Board, Delta Protection Commission, Department of Toxic Substances Control, Office of Historic Preservation, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Rights, California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC)
Reviewing Agency Comments
California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC)

Attachments

Notice of Completion [NOC] Transmittal form
State Comment Letters [Comments from state reviewing agencies]

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