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Alameda County, CA,

Albert Lopez
Planning Director

Current Development Projects

Sand Hill Wind Repowering Project - Application No. PLN2017-00201, Sand Hill Wind, LLC

Sand Hill Wind, LLC, an affiliate of sPower, has applied for a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) to repower an estimated 671 existing or previously existing wind energy turbine sites with up to 40 new turbines with a maximum production capacity of 144.5 megawatts (MW), using turbines rated between 2.3 and 3.8 MW (potentially up to 4.0 MW) per turbine, on fifteen nearly contiguous parcels extend-ing over approximately 2,600 acres in the eastern Altamont Pass area of Alameda County. The current proposal supersedes a previous approval to repower a smaller set of non-contiguous areas and parcels (PLN 2015-00198). The current Project area is located along both the north and south sides of Altamont Pass Road, west of Grant Line Road, along both the east and west sides of Mountain House Road north of Grant Line Road, and on both sides of Bethany Reservoir, west of the Delta-Mendota Canal northwest of Mountain House Road, and southeast of the intersection of Christensen and Bruns Roads.

The project is consistent with the Altamont Pass Wind Resource Area (APWRA) Repowering Program that was the subject of a Program Environmental Impact Report (PEIR) certified by the East County Board of Zoning Adjustments on November 12, 2014, and is therefore being reviewed as a tiered project with a checklist pursuant to Section 15168(c) of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Guidelines. The checklist is intended to inform public agency decision-makers and the public generally of the significant environmental effects of the Project and identify possible ways to minimize such effects.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for September 27, 2018, to take public comment on the Project proposal and the checklist and then continue the matter to its next meeting.

Staff Contacts

Andrew Young, Project Planner
(510) 670-5400

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