California Flats Solar Project

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Monterey County, California, USA

First Solar, a leading provider of comprehensive photovoltaic (PV) energy solutions, is developing a 280 megawatt (MW) alternating current (AC) solar project located on approximately 2,900 acres of previously dryland farmed, private land in southeast Monterey County, California, near the San Luis Obispo, Kings and Fresno County borders. The California Flats Solar Project is owned by California Flats Solar LLC, a subsidiary of First Solar. When fully operational, the project will generate enough clean solar energy to serve the needs of about 100,000 average homes per year, displacing over 109,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) annually based on the PG&E grid—the equivalent of taking about 22,000 cars off the road. The project will also displace over 152,000 metric tons of water consumption annually based on the average California grid. The project site is strategically located to minimize environmental impacts, and is not visible from any public gathering points or majors roads. California Flats Solar Project has a power purchase agreement (PPA) with both PG&E and Apple, Inc. to deliver clean, solar energy for 25 years.

California Flats Solar is currently completing the permitting and environmental review process for the project. The Monterey County Board of Supervisors certified the project's Environmental Impact Report (EIR) under the California Environmental Quality Act and issued a Conditional Use Permit for the project on February 10, 2015. The EIR enabled California Flats Solar to complete its state and local permitting processes. California Flats Solar is also working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to obtain a required Federal Clean Water Act permit and complete associated federal environmental review, which is anticipated by the end of Q4 2015.

California Flats Solar Project Job Opportunities


Friday, Dec. 4, 2015 | 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Information Sessions:
1:00 pm, 3:00 pm & 6:00 pm

Saturday Dec. 5, 2015 | 9:00 am to 2:00 pm

Information Sessions:
9:00 am, 11:00 am & 1:00 pm


Location: King City Recreation Center
401 Division Street
King City, California

or apply online at www.mccarthy.com/careers and select Cal Flats Solar as the City.

  • Supports job creation by generating wages and benefits for approximately 300 construction jobs on average and up to 11 ongoing operation and maintenance positions
  • Increases state and local tax revenues
  • Provides over $200M in direct and indirect economic benefits for established Monterey County businesses
  • Generates clean and renewable energy and protects air quality in the region
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First Solar is committed to being a good neighbor through our community involvement and through the environmentally sensitive design of our solar projects. We will continue to engage neighbors, community groups, environmental groups, and business organizations to ensure that California Flats Solar remains a valued and respected business in Monterey County. 

The California Flats Solar Project will generate state and local tax revenues, provide wages from approximately 300 construction jobs and up to 11 ongoing monitoring and operations positions, and create benefits for many local businesses. First Solar will seek to provide employment opportunities for qualified local residents.

First Solar’s projects typically have a low environmental impact. When in operation, our systems generate electricity with no water use, no air emissions, and no waste production, and have the smallest carbon footprint of any PV technology. Located on 3% of land owned by Hearst Corporation in Southeast Monterey County, California Flats is being designed to sit low to the ground and minimize visual impacts. The California Flats site was carefully selected after thorough environmental review. The availability of land near existing electrical transmission lines, the amount of sunlight, and current land uses were also important considerations in the siting decision.  

Construction planning for the project will include the implementation of appropriate dust control measures, as well as truck routes that will minimize traffic congestion.

Type:

Ground-Mount PV

Developer:

First Solar

150MW PPA:

PG&E

130MW PPA:

Apple, Inc.

Owner:

California Flats Solar LLC

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Project Size

280MW (AC)

Homes Powered

~100,000

Cars Removed:

22,000

Tons CO2 Displaced Annually:

109,000

  • 2011
  • 2011-2015
  • 2015-2016
  • 2016

Project Status In Permitting

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