Yesterday, the County Planning Department rescheduled to March 4, 2021 the Board of Supervisors hearing of the Aramis Project.
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Dear Board of Supervisors and County Officials:
The scenic beauty, natural habitat and open space of North Livermore Valley belong to all of us and must be preserved for future generations. I respectfully request that you reject the Aramis solar project for the following reasons:
1) Before examining any individual utility-scale solar projects, Alameda County should deliver on the promise it made a decade ago to produce a comprehensive solar policy. Alameda County should do what Contra Costa and Santa Clara Counties have already done: determine which are areas of the county for solar facilities pose the least conflict with wildlife habitat, open space and agricultural land.
Otherwise, we risk destroying hundreds of acres of productive agricultural land and open space in North Livermore Valley without knowing whether there were other locations in the county suitable for solar power plants that would not have caused grave environmental damage.
2) The Aramis project will destroy North Livermore Valley's scenic beauty. No method exists to hide or obscure the visual assault on the valley from the Aramis project's 300,000+ eight-foot tall solar panels, new electrical substation, scores of lithium-ion battery stations, and overhead electrical transmission lines on towers, some reaching ten stories high.
These facts are not in dispute. The Final Environmental Impact Report found that the Aramis project will have “a substantial adverse effect on a scenic vista." Even with landscaping, the report concluded that the adverse aesthetic impact remains “significant and unavoidable.”
3) The Aramis project will obliterate habitat for numerous special status species including the California tiger salamander, California red-legged frog and Western burrowing owl. The agricultural land also serves as a wildlife corridor important to maintaining the biodiversity of Alameda and Contra Costa Counties.
4) The Aramis project violates Measure D. Under voter-approved Measure D, the agricultural lands of Alameda County, including North Livermore, are to be preserved, enhanced and protected from “excessive, badly located and harmful development.” Commercial electricity power generation is not an agricultural use of the land.
5) Other, superior, ways to generate renewable energy exist in Alameda County than the Aramis project. Seventy-five percent of the power from the Aramis project is under contract to San Francisco. Alameda County can generate much greater renewable energy than the Aramis project and keep the power within the County while preserving scarce, environmentally important agricultural land by promoting the installation of solar panels on rooftops of home and businesses, over parking lots and next to freeways.
In conclusion, North Livermore Valley is designated as an agricultural district and should remain one.