Riverside County supervisors signed off Tuesday on a development agreement with a Canadian solar power provider seeking to build on a 40-acre site north of Desert Center.
In a 5-0 vote, the Board of Supervisors without comment implemented terms and conditions set forth in a 50-page agreement with Ontario-based Canadian Solar Inc.
The company's Indigo Ranch Project in the Victory Pass has been in the works for several years. Construction of the solar power-generating facility is scheduled to begin in June.
According to county Transportation and Land Management Agency documents, Indigo Ranch will provide 4.5 megawatts of photovoltaic energy to Southern California Edison customers. An environmental impact report certified by the board determined the project posed no significant hazards to the local area, which is largely uninhabited desert east of Eagle Mountain, off of Rice Road.
SCE has a 20-year power purchasing agreement locked in with the developer, with the option of re-upping for another 10 years. The development agreement with the county calls for sales and use-tax revenue stemming from the project to go into county coffers, by way of the State Board of Equalization.
The county also stands to net up to $101,000 in development impact fee revenue, according to TLMA documents. However, county officials noted in the agreement that the current per-acre rate of $2,543 could change -- raising or lowering development impact fees -- depending on what the board decides when DIFs are revised in the coming weeks.
According to the TLMA, because of its location, the project is exempt from board policy B-29, under which solar developers are required to make ongoing payments of $150 per ace to ensure the county is compensated for utilization of land that might otherwise go to farming, recreation and housing, as well as for the permanent alteration of pristine desert landscapes.
– City News Service.