On August 6, 2012, the Kings County Planning Commission approved the SunPower Henrietta Solar Project Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration and Conditional Use Permit (Project) by a unanimous vote of Commissioners present and voting. The Project proposes to construct and operate an estimated 136-megawatt alternating current photovoltaic electricity generating facility and associated infrastructure on approximately 836 acres in northwestern Kings County near the unincorporated community of Stratford. Power generated by the project will be delivered to the high voltage transmission system owned by PG&E for delivery to California electric customers, in furtherance of the goals of the California Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard and other similar renewable energy programs in the state. The Project will operate year-round and generate electricity during daylight hours when electricity demand is at its peak, and will provide for the annual electricity needs of approximately 49,000 residences based on the projected annual electricity output divided by the annual electricity usage for a single-family residence within the Pacific Gas & Electric service territory. Tina Thomas and Ashle Crocker assisted the project applicant through the approval process.
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