Washington Yard Microgrid Project


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Energy Commission
Document Title
Washington Yard Microgrid Project
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
LADOT’s Washington Yard Microgrid project is part of LADOT’s strategy to convert its entire fleet of buses to battery electric, zero-emission vehicles. This Project will install a solar and storage microgrid at the Washington Yard that includes four (4) Proterra 1.5 MW Chargers, 104 Proterra charger dispensers, overhead bus charging and solar canopies, solar PV panels, and Battery Energy Storage.

Contact Information

Kate Reid
Agency Name
California Energy Commission
Job Title
Air Resources Engineer
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Southern California
Other Location Info
1910 and 1950 Washington Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90021

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Cal. Code Regs., tit. 14, §§ 15301, 15303
Reasons for Exemption
This project involves the installation of electric charging infrastructure including four 1.5 MW chargers, 104 charger dispensers, overhead transit bus charging and solar canopies, and battery energy storage at an existing bus facility in Los Angeles to power zero emission buses. The bus facility is located in an urbanized area where land use designation is heavy industrial. Neighboring parcels of land consist of one to two story industrial buildings used for warehouses, distribution, manufacturing and transportation facilities and there are no conflicts with the applicable zoning and other regulations governing scenic quality. The project will not affect any visual resources, such as protected trees or historic resources. Installation of the fast charging system includes installation of conduit, wiring, electrical connections and mounting equipment. Minor trenching of approximately 1,600 linear feet is required to bring power to the charging system. The project will not impact adjacent residential homes, traffic or right of way, or noise because the project is upgrading an existing transportation maintenance facility that is located in an industrial area zoned for industrial uses. The reconstruction and conversion of any small structures for this project will not impact any scenic resources. This project is therefore categorically exempt from the provisions of CEQA under section 15301 of the CEQA Guidelines as a project that consists of the minor alteration of existing public or private structures, facilities, mechanical equipment or topographical features and which involve negligible or no expansion of existing or former use at the sites. The project is also exempt under and 15303 of the CEQA Guidelines as a project that consists of construction and location of limited numbers of new, small facilities or structures or the installation of small new equipment and facilities in small structures. The project does not involve any unusual circumstances, will not result in damage to any scenic resources within a highway officially designated as a state scenic highway, none of the sites are included on any list compiled pursuant to Government Code section 65962.5, and the project will not cause a substantial adverse change in the significance of a historical resource. The project, when considered as a whole, will not result in a cumulative impact that is significant on the environment. Therefore, none of the exceptions to exemptions listed in CEQA Guidelines section 15300.2 apply to this project and this project will not have a significant effect on the environment.


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