Commercial Solar Plant Permitting Requirements
The District has determined commercial solar power plants generate fugitive dust emissions (PM10) in Eastern Kern County. Therefore, in accordance with Rule 201 (Permits Required) and 210.1 (New and Modified Stationary Source Review, NSR), the District is requiring each commercial solar facility obtain a District Air permit.
The required application forms can be accessed through the links below. Be advised that a $120 filing fee must be submitted with each ATC/PTO application (an additional $120 review/filing fee is required for each Fugitive Dust Emission Control Plan).
Commercial Solar Application Checklist
Fugitive Dust Emission Control Plan Application
Commercial Solar Power Generation Facility ATC/PTO Application
Fugitive Dust Emission Air Monitoring Plan
CEQA Environmental Evaluation
Complete Commercial Solar Facility Application Package
To assist in compliance with District rules, including fugitive dust (Rule 402), the District is requesting each facility install upwind and downwind particulate matter air monitoring. The particulate matter air monitors will be utilized to assist solar facility operators in showing and maintaining compliance with District Rules and Regulations.
Rule 201, Permits Required
Rule 210.1, NSR
Rule 301, Permit Fees
Rule 302, Permit Fee Schedules
Rule 402, Fugitive Dust
Rule 301, 302, and 303 Staff Report Amended 3/12/15
Rule 402 Staff Report Amended 3/12/15