Reasons for Exemption
COVID related delays to the project kick off in 2020 and project implementation during 2021 resulted in ten of the original fifteen project demonstration sites having to be replaced. On January 31, 2022, the CEC filed an NOE; however, the CEC is replacing that NOE with this one to provide additional information.
The type of work to be completed at the fifteen residential demonstration sites as well as the research site, and the basis for CEQA exemption has not changed from the original CEQA determination adopted at the July 8, 2020 Business Meeting. The project demonstration deployments consist of a containerized energy storage system adjacent to an existing building (similar to the installation of an air conditioner unit outside a house). The installation may require minor trenching for electrical cables and paving to support the system. The energy storage systems will be connected to residential scale roof mounted or ground mounted solar photovoltaic arrays. Ground mounted solar will be within existing, disturbed or developed, residential lots. Manufacturing activities will take place within existing facilities.
Cal. Code Regs., tit 14, § 15301 exempts the operation, repair, maintenance, permitting, and minor alteration of existing structures, facilities, mechanical equipment, or topographical features involving negligible or no expansion of use. This project consists of the installation of small containerized solar plus storage energy systems at existing residences. Equipment will be installed on existing roofs, in existing garages, and adjacent to existing residences such as backyards. The project will involve the minor alteration and operation of existing residences and their associated mechanical equipment. Manufacturing efforts will take place within existing facilities.
Reasons for Exemption
Cal. Code Regs., tit 14, § 15303 exempts the construction and location of limited numbers of new, small facilities or structures; the installation of small, new equipment and facilities in small structures; and the conversion of existing small structures from one use to another where only minor modifications are made in the exterior of the structure. This project consists of the installation of a small containerized solar plus storage energy system equipment at each of the selected residences. The equipment will consist of small solar equipment installed on the roof of the residence or adjacent to the residence and small energy storage equipment installed inside the garage, inside another structure associated with the residence, or adjacent to the residence. Installation will only require minor modifications to the exterior of the existing structures.