Marin’s airport land commission clears solar project for takeoff

A three-megawatt solar facility that will generate enough electricity to power 800 homes proposed on two vacant lots adjacent to Gnoss Field in unincorporated Novato was cleared for takeoff by the county’s Airport Land Use Commission on Monday.

The county Planning Commission, which serves as the Airport Land Use Commission, reviewed the project and confirmed that it is consistent with the airport land use plan.

The Federal Aviation Administration issued its determination that the project would not be a hazard to air navigation in December 2018 following the conclusion of an aeronautical study.

The airport commission was required to approve the project since it will be located within portions of the approach zone and traffic zones of the airfield. Structures are allowed within an approach or a clear zone so long as they don’t create any new hazard to navigation based on aeronautical study by the FAA.

The proposed solar facility will consist of three ground mounted fixed-tilt arrays and will result in a total acreage of nearly 15 acres of solar arrays spread across about 41 acres.

San Rafael-based MCE, formerly known as Marin Clean Energy, has contracted to buy the electricity produced at the site, thus supplying the capital for its construction.

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Marin’s airport land commission clears solar project for takeoff, by Richard Halstead, Marin Independent Journal, June 11, 2019.

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