Starlight Solar Major Use Permit


SCH Number
Lead Agency
San Diego County
Document Title
Starlight Solar Major Use Permit
Document Type
NOP - Notice of Preparation of a Draft EIR
Present Land Use
Vacant Land. Zoning Use Regulations for the site is General Rural (S92). The General Plan Designations for the site are Rural Lands (RL-40) and Semi-Rural Residential (SR-10) and the General Plan Regional Categories for the site are Rural and Semi-Rural.
Document Description
The Starlight Solar Project (Project) consists of a Major Use Permit on approximately 565 acres. The Project includes a 100 MW solar facility and a 200 MW battery energy storage system (BESS) that would be constructed in two phases. The typical height of the photovoltaic (PV) modules would be approximately 7 -12 feet. The Project includes fencing of up to 7 feet in height total along the entire facility boundary. The site is subject to Regional Category Rural and Semi-Rural, Land Use Designation Rural Lands (RL-40) and Semi-Rural Residential (SR-10). Zoning for the site is General Rural (S92). The project site is located south of Interstate 8 (I-8) and Old Highway 80, and east of Tierra Del Sol Road. Access to the project site would be provided by Jewel Valley Road and Tule Jim Lane, which each connect to Old Highway 80 in the town of Boulevard.

Contact Information

Ashley Smith
Agency Name
County of San Diego - Planning and Development Services
Job Title
Chief of Project Planning
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency

Jim Whalen on behalf of Empire II, LLC
Agency Name
Applicant Contact
Job Title
Project Applicant Contact
Contact Types
Project Applicant


San Diego
Southern California, Unincorporated
Cross Streets
Interstate 8 (I-8) and Old Highway 80, East of Tierra Del Sol Road
Total Acres
Parcel #
612-082-12, 612-120-01, 612-090-59, 612-120-43, 612-090-68; 659-020-01, 612-092-13, 659-020-02,
State Highways
Interstate 8
San Diego and Arizona Eastern
Clover Flat Elementary

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 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, San Diego Region 9 (RWQCB), Department of Toxic Substances Control, Office of Historic Preservation, California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Department of Transportation, District 11 (DOT), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, South Coast Region 5 (CDFW)
State Reviewing Agency Comments
California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Department of Transportation, District 11 (DOT), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, South Coast Region 5 (CDFW)
Development Types
Power:Solar (Solar)(Megawatts 100), Power:Other Power Type (Battery Storage)(Megawatts 217.4)
Local Actions
Use Permit
Project Issues
Aesthetics, Agriculture and Forestry Resources, Air Quality, Biological Resources, Cultural Resources, Cumulative Effects, Drainage/Absorption, Economics/Jobs, Energy, Fiscal Impacts, 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, Population/Housing, Public Services, Recreation, 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

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