U.S. Department of Energy Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Enviromental Evaluation for Installation of Solar Array at San José/Santa Clara Water Pollution Control Plant

The purpose of this technical memorandum (TM) is to review the options to develop a potential solar array development (Project) within or adjacent to western burrowing owl (Athene cunicularia) habitat in the buffer lands that surround the San José/Santa Clara Water Pollution Control Plant (WPCP) and to determine if there is a ground-mounted solar photovoltaic (PV) configuration that would enable a workable co-existence between the burrowing owl habitat and the PV arrays.

At the request of City of San José (City) staff, this TM will also review the potential impacts of solar array developments at the WPCP to other potential existing biological resources, such as the Congdon’s tarplant (Centromadia parryi ssp. congdonii), wetlands, and riparian zones, and propose conceptual mitigation measures as required under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

San José, California
United States
January, 2009
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Jim Sandoval and Danielle Tannourji (SJC)
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