North Livermore Valley combines a rare protected scenic corridor with agricultural land and numerous threatened species. Alameda County residents voted to protect it.
A short drive from the City of Livermore, North Livermore Valley is zoned for agricultural and rural residential uses. For 50 years Alameda County’s General Plan has recognized the area as a scenic corridor and sought to preserve the area’s outstanding natural beauty and habitat.
Today, Intersect Power, a private energy company with over $8 Billion in assets, seeks to build an industrial solar plant (Aramis project) in North Livermore Valley on land reserved for agricultural uses.
The Alameda County Board of Supervisors will review the Aramis project at 9 a.m. on March 4, 2021.
The hearing should start at or close to 9 a.m. It will be conducted online at this link:https://zoom.us/j/93981572808
The public will be allowed to make comments on the project before the Supervisors vote. Please speak at the hearing, and please use the link below to contact the Supervisors today.
We need to expand renewable energy to address climate change, but in a thoughtful manner that safeguards the open space and agricultural land of Alameda County. We should never destroy the environment in order to save it.
Here are talking points for your use/consideration. Use as many as you wish for your message:
1) 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 270,000+ eight-foot tall solar panels, new electrical substation, scores of lithium-ion battery stations, and overhead electrical transmission lines, some on towers 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.”
2) The Aramis project will obliterate hundreds of acres of 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 among nature preserves in and surrounding North Livermore Valley that are critical to maintaining the biodiversity of Alameda and Contra Costa Counties.
3) 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 and the industrial storage of electrical energy are not agricultural uses of the land.
4) Other, environmentally superior, ways exist to generate greater renewable energy. Alameda County can generate much greater renewable energy than the Aramis project while preserving its agricultural land by promoting the installation of solar panels on rooftops of home and businesses, over parking lots and next to freeways.
5) Alameda County should complete a comprehensive solar policy first. The county should do what Contra Costa and Santa Clara Counties have already done: determine which areas of the county are appropriate for industrial solar facilities and only allow solar plants in those areas that pose the least conflict with open space, agricultural land, natural habitat and scenic resources. However, even without such a policy in place, it is clear that North Livermore Valley is not the location where the county should first allow the construction of utility scale solar facilities.
In conclusion, North Livermore Valley is designated as an agricultural district and should remain one.
At the end of your message please add your name and city of residence (there is no need to add your street address). Please add a subject line such as “Save Our Open Space and Agricultural Land/Reject the Aramis Solar Power Plant”
The agricultural land in North Livermore Valley plays an important role in providing habitat and migration corridors for threatened and sensitive species including the Western burrowing owl.
We are proud of our heritage as ranchers and farmers and are committed to preserving our land for future generations.