Panoche Valley Project

In November 2010 the San Benito County Board of Supervisors certified the Panoche Valley Solar Farm's Environmental Impact Report (EIR) which brought the County into compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The County also granted a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for the project's construction. Consequently, the project may now move forward to obtain its various state and federal permits, negotiate a long term power purchase agreement and complete an interconnection agreement to transmit the power generated by the facility.

The Panoche Valley Solar Farm assets comprise land options on 3,200 acres for the project and sets aside over 26,000 acres of land for permanent conservation purposes (a greater than 7:1 mitigation ratio); almost two years and more than 20,000 hours of environmental studies which investigated the project's impacts including analysis on how best to mitigate those impacts; all permits and land entitlements that exist or are in process including a certified EIR and completed CUP and various state and federal permit applications; the conditional removal of several thousand acres from Williamson Act contracts; and, all engineering and design work related to the project including transmission studies, site plans and supporting documentation.