The Applicant (Tulare CSG 2 LLC) proposes to construct and operate the Tulare CSG 2 Solar Project (Project); a single-axis tracker ground mounted photovoltaic (PV) community solar and battery storage facility, approximately 6.6MWdc/5MWac
in capacity, on approximately 31 acres of the approximately 77 acres of leased inactive (fallow) farmland. The proposed Project (Project) would include clearing and grading of the site, solar modules, battery energy storage system, underground electrical conductors, balance of system equipment (e.g., inverters, AC combiner boxes, transformers, and/or medium voltage switchgear), access roads, and fencing. The Project would be located on a privately-owned parcel in Tulare County, California. Tulare CSG 2 LLC is requesting Special Use Permit approval from Tulare County in order to proceed with construction of the project. The purpose of the Project is to construct and operate a PV solar array with attached battery storage, which will generate and store clean and renewable solar energy, with electricity offtake sold to residential customers within Tulare County and the larger Southern California Edison ("SCE") Utility Territory. The Project is proposed under the California Assembly Bill 2316 (AB2316), adopted by the California legislature in 2022. AB 2316 (Ward) Community Renewable Energy Program (CREP) instructs the California Public Utilities Commission to establish a new community solar program by March 2024 which will bolster the reliability of the electrical grid while benefitting those who cannot put solar on their roofs. The Project is anticipated to have a life of 35 years and includes a Reclamation Plan. When a decommissioning event occurs, the solar site will be reclaimed as required by a County approved Decommissioning and Reclamation Plan (and attendant bond). This
Reclamation Plan will provide financial assurances along with a detailed plan to remediate soils and return the land to its original pre-constniction condition upon termination of the Project. At the time of re-use, the zoning/land use designations will be used to determine the Project site's use. The Project would benefit Tulare County by providing clean and renewable solar energy generation.