Conditional Use Permit Application No. CUP22-011 – Dos Palos Clean Power Project


SCH Number
Lead Agency
County of Merced, Department of Community and Economic Development
Document Title
Conditional Use Permit Application No. CUP22-011 – Dos Palos Clean Power Project
Document Type
MND - Mitigated Negative Declaration
Present Land Use
The project site is designated Agricultural land use in the Merced County 2030 General Plan and zoned A-1 (General Agricultural).
Document Description
The project is a request to construct a 3-megawatt (MW) alternating current (AC) photovoltaic (PV) solar energy facility, a 600-square-foot concrete equipment pad with an estimated 4.4-MW direct current (DC) and its associated inverters, fencing, and site improvements, including fencing and improvements to the existing access road and driveway approaches. The project would also include demolition of the existing on-site vacant residential structure built in 1935, the associated groundwater well, and the septic system. The project would deliver power to the existing Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) power distribution network via an existing aboveground primary service interconnection utility pole located on the east side of Elgin Avenue. The project is anticipated to operate for approximately 35 years, after which the project would be decommissioned and the site would be restored to pre-project conditions. The project site is located within an 11.3-acre portion of a 39-acre parcel located on the west side of South Highway 33, approximately 2,000 feet north of West Carmella Avenue in the Dos Palos area of Merced County.

Contact Information

Cameron Christie
Agency Name
Merced County Community and Economic Development Department
Job Title
Planner I
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Cross Streets
The west side of South Highway 33, approximately 2,000 feet north of West Carmella Avenue
Total Acres
Parcel #
State Highways
Highway 33
Dos Palos Elementary 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 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), Central Valley Flood Protection Board, Department of Toxic Substances Control, Office of Historic Preservation, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Rights, 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 (PV)(Megawatts 3)
Local Actions
Use Permit
Project Issues
Aesthetics, Agriculture and Forestry Resources, Air Quality, Biological Resources, Cultural Resources, Cumulative Effects, Drainage/Absorption, Economics/Jobs, Energy, 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, Recreation, Schools/Universities, Transportation, Tribal Cultural Resources, Vegetation, Wetland/Riparian, Wildfire
Local Review Period Start
Local Review Period End


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

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