Bullhead Solar Project by EDF Renewables, LLC


SCH Number
Lead Agency
Kern County
Document Title
Bullhead Solar Project by EDF Renewables, LLC
Document Type
NOP - Notice of Preparation of a Draft EIR
Present Land Use
Land Use: Agriculture/ Zoning: A (Exclusive Agriculture, Floodplain); E 2.5 RS MH FPS (Estate2.5 Acre, Residential Suburban, Mobilehome Combining, Flood Plain Secondary); E 5 MH FPS (Estate 5 Acre, Mobilehome Combining, Flood Plain Secondary)/Kern County General Plan: 8.l(lntensive Agriculture); 8.3 (Extensive Agriculture); 8.3/ 2.5 (Extensive Agriculture Flood Hazard Overlay)/ Willow Springs Specific Plan: 5.3/4.4, 5.6, (Residential/Comprehensive Plan); 6.2/4.4 (General Commercial/Comprehensive Plan)
Document Description
The Bullhead Solar Project (proposed project) involves the construction and operation of a solar facility and associated infrastructure, including telecommunications towers and internal roads, to generate up to 270 megawatts (MW) of renewable electrical energy with a Battery Energy Storage System capable of storing approximately 270 MW, or 1,080 megawatt-hours (MWh) of energy, within approximately 25 acres of the 1,343.2 acres project site. The project is proposed by EDF Renewable, LLC, and would be developed near the existing Big Beau Solar Project. Implementation of the project would require: 2 Amendments to the Land Use Element of the Willow Springs Specific Plan; 2 Changes in Zone Classification; 3 Conditional Use Permits to allow for the construction and operations of a combined approximate 270 MW solar facility, as well as ancillary structures including an approximate 270 MW battery storage system with up to 1,080 MWh of storage capacity, within the A (Exclusive Agriculture) Zone District; 3 Conditional Use Permits to allow the construction and operation of a microwave telecommunications tower, within the A (Exclusive Agriculture) Zone District; Amendment of the Circulation Element of the Kern County General Plan and Willow Springs Specific Plan; Petition for Exclusion from the Boundaries from Agricultural Preserve 24

Contact Information

Janice Mayes
Agency Name
Kern County Planning and Natural Resources Department
Job Title
Planner III
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Cross Streets
Staddling Dawn Rd between 105th Street West and 75th Street West
Total Acres
Parcel #
State Highways
Tropico Middle School

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 Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of Transportation, District 6 (DOT), California Department of Transportation, District 9 (DOT), California Department of Transportation, Division of Aeronautics (DOT), California Department of Transportation, Division of Transportation Planning (DOT), 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, Lahontan Victorville Region 6 (RWQCB), California State Lands Commission (SLC), Department of Toxic Substances Control, Office of Historic Preservation, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Quality, California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Central Region 4 (CDFW)
State Reviewing Agency Comments
California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Central Region 4 (CDFW)
Development Types
Power:Solar (Megawatts 270)
Local Actions
General Plan Amendment, Specific Plan, 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, Growth Inducement, Hazards & Hazardous Materials, Hydrology/Water Quality, Land Use/Planning, Mandatory Findings of Significance, Mineral Resources, Noise, Public Services, Schools/Universities, Septic System, Solid Waste, 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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