1/22/2014 9:18:00 AM Solar plant plans heating up for northeast Chino Valley
Review/Salina Sialega A 19-megawatt, 235-acre solar farm with more than 80,000 panels, constructed in 2012 and operated by Arizona Public Service, is located on the southeast side of Chino Valley, taken here from east Road 4 South. Another developer plans to build another solar farm on 200 acres on the northeast side of town, north of Old Home Manor off east Perkinsville Road in Chino Valley.
Chino Valley has a 235-acre solar farm on the southeast part of town that began operating in 2012. Another one is on its way, this one on 200 acres on the northeast side of town and is proposed by a different developer.
At its Jan. 14 regular meeting, the Chino Valley Town Council approved a conditional use permit (CUP) for the 20-megawatt photovoltaic solar facility immediately north of the northwest corner of the Town's properly commonly known as Old Home Manor, 3 miles on east Perkinsville Road.
The facility's owner/operator, Wilkinson Investments LLC/RES Americas Developments, Inc., asked for the 25-year permit to apply to their agriculture/residential zoned property, which is surrounded by an Arizona Public Service (APS) substation, Wilkinson Trust and Town of Chino Valley property.
Council member Linda Hatch had several questions about the proposed facility that Town Planner Ruth Mayday and developer representatives, Daniel Menahem of RES Americas Developments, Inc., and Randy Schroeder of Invalue, answered.
Hatch asked if the project crosses and cuts off the Peavine Trail on the east side of town and Mayday said it doesn't. She asked if the facility's panels have tracking and if they are non-reflective; Mayday said yes the panels have tracking and she believes the panels are low-reflective. And Hatch asked if the facility will be privately operated or turned over to APS for operation - one of the representatives said that fact is to be determined.
Hatch also asked about the amount of dirt that will be moved during the construction of the facility because she said it "kicks up tumbleweeds." Randy Schroeder, a representative of Invalue, one of the developers, said he doesn't know the actual amount but that the entire site will be graded to some extent. Schroeder also answered Hatch's questions buildings on the property.
"There will be a 2,000-sq.ft. building, metal, in the extreme southern part of the site, primarily used for storage and occasionally when people are on the site," Schroeder explained. He also said a preliminary drainage report will be prepared for the Town.
Menahem said after the meeting that his company hopes to start construction of the solar facility by the end of 2014 or early 2015, and construction will take about six months.
Mayday described a plan to place the required landscaping at the entrance to Old Home Manor at Perkinsville Road and Jerome Road because the actual facilitly site is so remote and landscaping there would be unnecessary.
Mayday also said the developers will install signage and lighting, and dust-free driving surfaces for aisles and parking areas, such as chip seal surfaces.
The town also will require the developers to extend Jerome Road from Rodeo Drive north to the property with an eight-inch asphaltic base.
In other business the council voted to:
select the Chino Meadows 5 paving project as for the Town's annual Community Development Block Grant application, to pay for the roadwork.
allow Town staff to apply for the Arizona Game and Fish Department's Shooting Range Development grant, that would help pay for initial construction of RV parking at the Town's shooting facility at an estimated cost of $100,000, with the Town's 50 percent match to be in-kind engineering time and digging.
relocate an APS overhead transmission power line that conflicts with the Town's Road 4 South alignment, at a cost not to exceed $60,000.
take no action after meeting with the Town Attorney in executive session regarding a legal issue in the matter of Cortez v. Town of Chino Valley.
Also on the agenda but which required no council action was a response to anonymous e-mails that Council Member Hatch received regarding the invalid Arizona Corporation Commission status of California Skateparks, of Upland, Calif., which will be designing the Town's new skatepark. California Skatepark Vice President Bill Minadeo spoke at the meeting and said the company renewed its registration.
Posted: Thursday, January 23, 2014
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REALLY?!!! Guess this town govt hasnt learned from the southeast power plant. Its not private individuals, they have gotten US taxpayer money from the dept of energy! Property owners next to the southeast has lost lots in property devaluations. Town coucil in private meeting means not protecting its citizens!!!!!