Duffel Photovoltaic Renewable Energy Project, Orinda

Project Overview 558_Orinda_Solar_Project_Map_Web.png

East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) is proposing to develop a 5-megawatt photovolataic solar energy Project on EBMUD-owned land in Orinda. The Project would qualify for PG&E’s Renewable Energy Self-Generation Bill Credit Transfer (RES-BCT) Program, which would allow renewable electricity produced by the Project to offset energy consumed from up to 50 EBMUD electrical accounts with PG&E. This Project would eliminate EBMUD’s carbon footprint in the City of Orinda and assist EBMUD in meeting its Energy Policy goal to be carbon free for indirect emissions by 2040. The Project site is located directly across Bear Creek Road from PG&E’s Sobrante Substation, thereby reducing potential impacts associated with interconnection to the electrical grid. In addition, to preserve the open space character of the area, EBMUD has incorporated vegetative screening into the Project to minimize its visibility from Bear Creek Road and nearby trails.

In accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), EBMUD completed a Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) and determined that, with mitigation, this project will not generate significant impacts. All comments received on the MND have been compiled and responded to in the Final MND including any changes and clarifications to the MND. A copy of the Final MND is available by download via the links at the bottom of this page. The EBMUD Board of Directors certified the Final MND and approved the project on February 11, 2020 at the regularly scheduled meeting in the Board Room at EBMUD Administrative offices, 375 Eleventh Street, Oakland, CA 94607. The proposed timeline for construction of this project is 2020-2021.

Workplan and schedule 

  • Orinda City Council Meeting – March 5, 2019
  • Orinda Planning Commission Meeting – July 9, 2019
  • Public Meeting for MND – September 11, 2019    
  • Public Review of MND - August 30 – September 30 ,      2019   
  • EBMUD Board Certification of Final MND – February 11, 2020
  • Construction 2020-2021
  • Operational 2021

Contact Info

Project Email: DuffelPVREP@ebmud.com

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