Touting the outcomes of a newly launched financial influence report predicting thousands and thousands in new income, officers with Strata Clear Power are making ready to file a proper allow utility for a battery storage facility on Petaluma’s southeastern edge.
The deliberate 100 megawatt set up, possible using Tesla know-how, could be the primary of its sort within the North Bay, and will breathe new life into the shuttered Adobe Creek Golf Course, which closed in 2017 amid mounting debt.
Lengthy-linked to a proposed 9-hole golf course and dozens of recent properties close to Frates and Outdated Adobe roads, the battery set up venture will for now transfer ahead by itself, carving off a 5-acre slice of the property adjoining to PG&E’s largest North Bay substation.
The $116 million battery storage venture, seen by many as the newest salvo within the state’s struggle in opposition to local weather change, is touted as a boon to the native financial system in addition to a key safety for residents who should repeatedly brace for energy shutoffs.
It has already earned a thumbs-up from nearly all of neighbors, and native officers have additionally expressed assist for the set up, which should nonetheless safe approval from Sonoma County planners – a step firm officers count on to start within the coming months.
“Being proper subsequent to the substation is the best location within the North Bay, so it is sensible,” stated Petaluma Metropolis Council member Mike Healy. “It permits our total area to efficiently deploy extra photo voltaic with out inflicting issues with the system…and it most likely places us in a greater place for sure sorts of energy outages.”
The 145 Tesla Megapacks deliberate for the positioning are every 23 toes by 5 toes, and can mix to retailer sufficient power to energy 80,000 properties for 4 hours, stated Will Mitchell, vice chairman of enterprise growth for Strata Clear Power’s west coast operations.
The development and ongoing operation of the power can also be anticipated to bolster the county’s tax base and add a money infusion to the area’s financial system, based on a examine by Sonoma County economist Robert Eyler.
The Strata Clear Power-sponsored examine, launched in June, initiatives $61 million in enterprise income, $6 million in state and native tax revenues and $14 million in property tax income in the course of the venture’s first 20 years, in addition to 90 jobs throughout preliminary building.
Together with county allowing necessities, the power should attain agreements with PG&E to make sure entry to the grid. Mitchell stated Strata Clear Power officers hope to start building in 2023 and start operations in the summertime of 2024.
Richard Coombs, the managing member of Adobe Investments, which owns the previous golf course web site, has lengthy puzzled over subsequent steps since shutting down Adobe Creek Golf Course in 2017, as annual losses spiraled to $200,000. Regardless of a $12,000 annual vegetation mitigation finances, Coombs has come up for criticism from neighbors who’ve referred to as the previous course an overgrown eyesore and hearth hazard.
However with motion on the property in sight, Coombs stated in a press release that he’s excited for coming developments.
“We’re excited to be working with Strata Clear Power on their battery storage venture,” Coombs stated. “We’re additionally actively working with our adjoining Adobe Creek neighborhood affiliation and the Metropolis of Petaluma on the steadiness of the closed golf course with the purpose of reopening a 9-hole golf course utterly irrigated with reclaimed wastewater.”
Though nearly all of the 320 owners within the space have voted to approve two of Coombs’ plans because the course’s closure, not all residents are on board with the battery storage web site.
Former Outdated Adobe House Homeowners Affiliation President Sally Hanson stated the battery set up quantities to turning her and her neighbors into guinea pigs for the brand new know-how, which she worries might be unsafe. And he or she expressed considerations about neighbors having little say on what goes within the space, which is located on county land throughout the metropolis’s city development boundary.
“I’ve large considerations, and I’m not completely happy about it,” stated Hanson, who has lived at her house on the ninth fairway for 23 years.
Firm officers say the know-how is secure, with surveillance and infared cameras in place to watch the positioning, and computerized shut-offs inbuilt to maintain hearth danger to a minimal.
When Strata Clear Power offered plans to neighbors final fall, the North Carolina-based firm had not but accomplished an set up. However an an identical venture got here on-line a few month in the past in Ventura, Mitchell stated in a telephone interview Friday.
The set up deliberate for Petaluma could be a quarter-mile from its nearest neighbors, hid behind a berm and adjoining to PG&E’s largest North Bay substation, that means residents will hardly discover it, Mitchell stated.
“That is completely the wave of the long run,” Mitchell advised the Argus-Courier final 12 months. “It’s going to be carried out in a secure and dependable means.”
The large battery installations, that are being constructed all through the state by the handfuls, are touted as a substitute for pure gasoline energy crops, significantly these used to bolster power shops throughout peak demand occasions.
Sixty-five of California’s 80 pure gasoline energy crops are “peaker crops,” designed to throttle up and down rapidly to make sure secure power throughout peak demand.
With the potential for the power to ease reliance on fossil gasoline whereas including protections in case of energy shutoffs, the venture has drawn reward from county officers, Mitchell stated.
“In Sonoma, there’s a want and a want to see initiatives like this – for reliability, clear power and public security energy shutoff wants,” stated Mitchell, pointing to assist from Sonoma Clear Energy, the county’s lead clear power options company.
Tyler Silvy is editor of the Petaluma Argus-Courier. Attain him at [email protected], 707-776-8458, or @tylersilvy on Twitter.