Reasons for Exemption
The proposed project is exempt from further environmental documentation under the California Environmental Quality Act (Public Resources Code§§ 21000 et seq.), categorical exemptions Class 3, Class 11, and Class 14.
Class 3, New Construction or Conversion of Small Structures (CEQA Guidelines§ 15303), consists of construction and location of limited numbers of new, small facilities or structures; 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 .... Examples of this exemption include ... (d) Water main, sewage, electrical, gas, and other utility extensions, including street improvements, of reasonable length to serve such construction.
The proposed project involves the installation of one megawatt battery pack, which requires the extension of electrical utilities to connect the battery pack to the main electrical meter.
Class 11, Accessory Structures (CEQA Guidelines§ 15311), consists of construction, or placement of minor structures accessory to
(appurtenant to) existing commercial, industrial, or institutional facilities.
The battery will be an accessory structure to the existing solar and backup battery system at the Pauba Valley Elementary School campus. This accessory structure would not change the nature of use, but would extend use to include emergency use capability. The proposed battery pack and enclosure are accessory structures and meet the criteria for an exemption under CEQA Guidelines§ 15311.
A review of the possible exceptions to the exemption, outlined under CEQA Guidelines § 15300.2, determined that no characteristics or circumstances would invalidate findings that the project is exempt from CEQA (see "Supplement to Notice of Exemption").
Class 14, Minor additions to schools. Class 14 consists of minor additions to existing schools within existing school grounds where the addition does not increase original student capacity by more than 25% or ten classrooms, whichever is less. The addition of portable classrooms is included in this exemption.
This item is applicable to schools at which attendance satisfies the requirements of the compulsory education laws of the State of California.
The proposed battery pack and enclosed structure will not increase student capacity now or at any time in the future.