The applicant is requesting Use Permit approval to allow for the construction of a solar panel installation on a vacant lot located adjacent to Gnoss Field on Airport Road in Novato. The 1 Megawatt project will be comprised of approximately 3,600 high-efficiency solar PV panels. The proposed panels would be ground mounted at a fixed angle and coupled with high efficiency inverters for and annual electrical output of approximately 1,818,000 kWh, which would be delivered to Marin Clean Energy (MCE).
The project site is approximately 45 acres in size. Six of the 45 acres are proposed to be utilized for the solar panel installation. The panels, when tilted, would be approximately 14 feet in height. The panels will consist of a series of support structures consisting of steel framing and steel cable bracing, to which the individual panels would be mounted.
Use Permit approval is required because the project entails construction of a new utility in an Industrial zoning district.
Zoning: M3 (Industrial, high density)
Countywide Plan Designation: IND (Industrial)