VEGA SES 6 Solar and Battery Storage Project


SCH Number
Lead Agency
Imperial County
Document Title
VEGA SES 6 Solar and Battery Storage Project
Document Type
NOP - Notice of Preparation of a Draft EIR
Present Land Use
Vacant/S-2 Zone (Open Space Preservation)/General Plan Land Use Designation Agriculture
Document Description
The project applicant, Apex Energy Solutions, LLC, proposes to construct and operate an 80 megawatt (MW) photovoltaic (PV) solar facility with an integrated 160 MW battery storage system on approximately 320 acres of privately-owned land. The proposed project would be comprised of solar PV arrays panels, an on-site substation, battery storage system, generation tie-line (gen-tie), inverters, transformers, underground electrical cables, and access roads. The County Land Use Ordinance, Division 17, includes the Renewable Energy (RE) Overlay Zone, which authorizes the development and operation of renewable energy projects with an approved conditional use permit (CUP). CUP applications proposed for specific renewable energy projects not located in the RE Overlay Zone would not be allowed without an amendment to the RE Overlay Zone. Implementation of the project requires an amendment to the County's General Plan Renewable Energy and Transmission Element, Zone Change, and approval of a CUP, and Water Supply Assessment. Additionally, the proposed gen-tie lie would be located entirely on BLM land. The project applicant has filed a right-of-way (ROW) grant application with the BLM for a permit to construct, operate, and maintain the gen-tie line.

Contact Information

David Black
Agency Name
Imperial County, Planning and Development Services Department
Job Title
Planner IV
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Countywide, Unincorporated
Cross Streets
Garvey Road and Andre Road
Total Acres
Parcel #
State Highways
SR 86, SR78
Westside Main Canal

Notice of Completion

State Review Period Start
State Review Period End
State Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board (ARB), California Department of Conservation (DOC), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Inland Deserts Region 6 (CDFW), California Department of Parks and Recreation, 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, Colorado River Basin Region 7 (RWQCB), Colorado River Board, Department of Toxic Substances Control, Office of Historic Preservation, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Rights, California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Department of Transportation, District 11 (DOT)
State Reviewing Agency Comments
California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Department of Transportation, District 11 (DOT)
Development Types
Power:Solar (Megawatts 80)
Local Actions
General Plan Amendment, Rezone, Use Permit
Project Issues
Aesthetics, Agriculture and Forestry Resources, Air Quality, Biological Resources, Cultural Resources, Cumulative Effects, Drainage/Absorption, Energy, Flood Plain/Flooding, Geology/Soils, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Hazards & Hazardous Materials, Hydrology/Water Quality, Land Use/Planning, Mandatory Findings of Significance, Noise, Public Services, Transportation, Tribal Cultural Resources, Utilities/Service Systems, Vegetation, Wetland/Riparian, Wildfire
Local Review Period Start
Local Review Period End


Draft Environmental Document [Draft IS, NOI_NOA_Public notices, OPR Summary Form, Appx,]
Notice of Completion [NOC] Transmittal form
State Comment Letters [Comments from state reviewing agencies]

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