PG&E Remote Grid Installation Project at Whitaker’s Forest Research Station

Summary

SCH Number
2022080290
Lead Agency
University of California, Berkeley
Document Title
PG&E Remote Grid Installation Project at Whitaker’s Forest Research Station
Document Type
MND - Mitigated Negative Declaration
Received
Present Land Use
General Plan: Agriculture Preservation AG-1; Zoning: Agricultural Zone A-1
Document Description
The Project involves installation of a new remote solar micro-grid, referred to as a standalone power system (SPS), at the Whitaker’s Forest Research Station within Whitaker’s Forest. Whitaker’s Forest is an approximately 350-acre forest plot owned and managed by the University in Tulare County. The land surrounding Whitaker’s Forest is federal public land: Sequoia National Forest and Kings Canyon National Park. Access to the Project site is via Forest Service Road 14S75. Once installed, the Project would provide existing residential structures on-site with a consistent and reliable source of electricity that would replace the need for the existing overhead electric distribution lines. PG&E will be responsible for installation, and for operation and maintenance, of the facility. The Project consists of a 12-panel solar array mounted on the roof of a new shipping container. Supporting infrastructure includes battery storage, a new driveway, and a new underground conduit between the solar array and the residential structures. The Project is part of PG&E's Remote Grids Pilot Program, a program within PG&E's Community Wildfire Safety Program.

Contact Information

Name
Raphael Breines
Agency Name
UC Berkeley
Job Title
Senior Planner
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency

Location

Cities
Unincorporated
Counties
Tulare
Regions
Countywide
Cross Streets
N/A
Total Acres
0.25
Parcel #
001-070-017-000
Waterways
Eshom Creek
Township
14
Range
28
Section
16
Other Location Info
Closest community is Wilsonia

Notice of Completion

State Review Period Start
State Review Period End
State Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board (ARB), California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of Transportation, District 4 (DOT), California Department of Transportation, District 6 (DOT), California Department of Water Resources (DWR), California Energy Commission, California Highway Patrol (CHP), California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Natural Resources Agency, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Central Valley Fresno Region 5 (RWQCB), California San Joaquin River Conservancy (SJRC), California State Lands Commission (SLC), Central Valley Flood Protection Board, Department of General Services (DGS), 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 Quality, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Central Region 4 (CDFW)
State Reviewing Agency Comments
California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Central Region 4 (CDFW)
Development Types
Power:Solar (Remote Solar micro-grid)(Megawatts 0.18)
Local Actions
None
Project Issues
Aesthetics, Air Quality, Biological Resources, Cultural Resources, Geology/Soils, Noise, Tribal Cultural Resources, Vegetation, Wetland/Riparian, Wildfire

Attachments

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

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