Regional San is seeking to develop a solar energy project on a portion of land at our wastewater treatment plant. This project would increase and diversify our green energy portfolio, provide a clean and sustainable energy source, and provide a financial benefit by reducing energy costs. Most importantly, the project will fulfill the CEQA requirement for greenhouse gas mitigation as identified in the EchoWater Project Final Environmental Impact Report.
On August 26, 2015, Regional San’s Board of Directors identified a preferred location for a solar project and directed staff to begin the CEQA process. The preferred location would occupy up to 21 acres of current open space that has been designated for future Plant process area, estimated to be needed in approximately 2047.
On November 20, 2015, Regional San issued a Request for Proposals for the solar project. Eight proposals were received. The majority of proposals included a fixed panel array, plus an alternative of a single axis tracker array (panels tilt to follow the sun). Tracker systems have a larger fenced footprint than fixed tilt, but they contain less panels and reduce the overall shaded area and cost.
Regional San conducted an environmental evaluation of the solar project options and determined they were consistent with the environmental analysis and mitigation requirements outlined in the certified EIR, and therefore should be covered via an addendum to the certified EIR for CEQA compliance purposes.The proposed solar project will not result in any new or significant environmental impacts beyond those described in the certified EIR.
On January 27, Regional San’s Board of Directors approved the Second Addendum to the EIR, and selected a tracking panel option on up to 21 acres, and Solar City as the best value solar proposal to proceed with contract negotiations.
For more information about this project, please contact Steve Nebozuk, Senior Civil Engineer, at (916) 876-6118; or via email at email@example.com.
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