Project plan

Plan for 500MW solar + storage project changed following feedback from local residents – pv magazine USA

8minute Solar Energy, developer of the Aratina renewable energy project planned for the Boron and Desert Lake area in eastern Kern County, California, changed its plan after feedback from local residents. The solar + storage project has a planned generation capacity of up to 530 MWac with a battery energy storage system of up to 600 MWac. When fully deployed, Aratina will produce enough clean electricity to power 180,000 homes. Electricity produced by the Aratina Solar Center will be transmitted to utilities and community energy providers throughout California.

The plans were changed after county review, and feedback from local residents indicated there were concerns about neighbors’ views. The company states on its website that it “listened to concerns and incorporated them into a revised design that increases the project’s setbacks from residential areas to up to half a mile (nearly nine football fields)” .

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The revised site design, called Aratina 2.0 by Kern County, increases the project’s setbacks from the residential areas of Boron and Desert Lake. Additionally, the company believes that the elevated railroad that runs alongside the site and the vegetation along the road will reduce the visibility of the project. Watch this video in which the project developer simulates project visibility.

The Aratina Solar Center site is currently undergoing a geotechnical analysis and topographic survey that will determine the subsoil composition and identify potential constraints, such as existing infrastructure or wellheads. Workers will be accompanied by biological monitors to ensure the protected habitat is not damaged during this process.

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