Master Contract for Kern County Solar Project Planning EIRs

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With recent federal and state renewable energy initiatives, Kern County has a vision to become California's center of solar development. Located in the southern Central Valley, the County extends east beyond the southern slope of the eastern Sierra Nevada range into the Mojave Desert.

ESA is preparing simultaneous EIRs for multiple photovoltaic projects for sites ranging from 500 acres to over 5,400 acres. The project EIRs are on a fast-track schedule with certification anticipated in 9 to 12 months. In addition to preparing the EIRs, we are reviewing all technical reports for adequacy and compliance with CEQA requirements including: agricultural conversion, aesthetics, air quality, biological resources, cultural resources, greenhouse gases, noise, and traffic. Led by our team of experts, we are successfully preparing CEQA documentation on concurrent schedules, and have been closely coordinating with the County and multiple applicants.

ESA has led the preparation of over 16 fast-track EIRs for projects proposing to construct more than 3,776 MW solar photovoltaic facilities on 28,575-acres of land in Kern County.

Specialized Services

  • Air quality assessments
  • Baseline protocol and surveys
  • Environmental impact reports
  • Geological and soils investigations
  • High-quality cartographic mapping
  • Historical investigations, documentation, and plans
  • Modeling and analysis
  • Sediment transport studies
  • Special status species surveys and inventories
  • Traffic and parking studies
  • Visual impact analyses
  • Watershed assessments