Country Acres Solar Project

4 Documents in Project

Summary

SCH Number
2021110307
Lead Agency
Sacramento Municipal Utility District
Document Title
Country Acres Solar Project
Document Type
NOD - Notice of Determination
Received
Posted
4/21/2023
Document Description
The Country Acres Solar Project includes construction and operation of a PV solar power and battery storage facility and interconnection facilities, including a generation substation, switch station, and interconnection lines, that would provide new power production capacity of up to 344 MW delivered at the point of interconnection with the electrical grid managed by SMUD. The project site would generally be comprised of PV solar modules, foundation piles, racking, direct current (DC) collection, alternative current (AC) collection, fencing, roads, inverters, medium voltage transformers, an interconnection line between the generation substation and switch station, battery storage equipment, and interconnection lines to the existing SMUD transmission system. At the end of the project’s life (anticipated to be 30 to 35 years), the project and its assets would be decommissioned; however, SMUD may retain the substation, switching station, and battery storage facilities. Primary access to the project site during construction and operation would be provided by existing, or newly constructed, paved, graveled, or dirt roads and/or driveways extending to the project site from Baseline Road, South Brewer Road, and Phillip Road. Within the solar field and interconnection facility areas, limited grading may be used to prepare the site for post and PV modules installation. Grading would be minimized to the extent feasible within the solar array and would be consistent with the setback requirements. Grading will likely be required for the proposed battery energy storage system (BESS) yard, generation substation, and switching station. The duration of construction is anticipated to last between 18 months and 2 years. The construction workforce (with an expected average of 177 and a peak of 650 construction workers) is expected to arrive at the project site between approximately 6:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. and leave the site between approximately 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday for most of the project construction period. Materials would generally be delivered outside of the peak morning and afternoon traffic hours to the extent feasible and would be delivered to the designated receiving area. The SMUD Board of Directors considered and approved the Final Environmental Impact Report, Mitigation, Monitoring, and Reporting Plan, and adopted the CEQA Findings and Statement of Overriding Considerations for the project on April 20, 2023. Following environmental permitting, construction is expected to begin in late 2023. SMUD anticipates the project would become operational in 2025.

Contact Information

Name
Amy Spitzer
Agency Name
Sacramento Municipal Utility District
Job Title
Environmental Specialist
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency

Location

Counties
Placer, Sacramento
Regions
Countywide, Northern California, Unincorporated
Cross Streets
Baseline Rd and S. Brewer Rd
Total Acres
1170
Waterways
Curry Creek
Township
1N
Range
5E
Section
22
Base
MDPM

Notice of Determination

Approving Agency
Sacramento Municipal Utility District
Approving Agency Role
Lead Agency
Approved On
County Clerk
Placer
Final Environmental Document Available at
www.smud.org/ceqa

Determinations

(1) The project will have a significant impact on the environment
Yes
(2a) An Environmental Impact Report was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
Yes
(2b) A Mitigated or a Negative Declaration was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
No
(2c) An other document type was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
No
(3) Mitigated measures were made a condition of the approval of the project
Yes
(4) A mitigation reporting or monitoring plan was adopted for this project
Yes
(5) A Statement of Overriding Considerations was adopted for this project
Yes
(6) Findings were made pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
Yes

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