Public Notice Announcing the Availability of an Environmental Assessment

Public Notice Announcing the Availability of an Environmental Assessment US DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Rural Business Services (RBS) Firwood Solar LLC. – 10 mw ac Solar Facility: Notice of Availability of an Environmental Assessment AGENCY: Rural Business Services, USDA ACTION: Notice of Availability of an Environmental Assessment SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that the Rural Business Services, as required by the National Environmental Policy Act, is issuing an environmental assessment (EA) in connection with possible impacts related to a project proposed by the Firwood Solar, LLC (Applicant). The proposal is for construction of a 10.0 megawatt AC solar facility on a 80 acre parcel of property located in northern Clackamas County Oregon. The project consists of construction and operation of ground-mounted, single-axis tracking solar arrays and associated electrical support equipment. The applicant has submitted an application to Rural Business Services for funding of the proposal. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michael Beyer, State Environmental Coordinator at (503) 414-3368, 1220 SW 3rd Avenue, Suite 1801, Portland, Oregon 97204 michael.beyer@or.usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The project is proposing to construct a 10-megawatt AC solar facility on an 80-acre parcel of property located in northern Clackamas County Oregon. The project consists of construction and operation of 37,000 photovoltaic modules mounted on 6-foot high steel racking ground-mounted support structures with single-axis tracking solar arrays and associated electrical support equipment. The proposed project will convert the sun’s rays to electricity by exciting electrons in silicon cells using photons of light from the sun through photovoltaic modules. The modular inverters will convert electricity created from direct current (DC) to alternating current (AC). When constructed, the electrical energy would be transferred to Portland General Electric (PGE) grid system. True North Consultants Inc., an environmental consultant, prepared an environmental assessment for RBS that describes the project, assesses the proposed project’s environmental impacts, and summarizes, as applicable, any mitigation measures used to minimize environmental effects. RBS has conducted an independent evaluation of the environmental assessment and believes that it accurately assesses the impacts of the proposed project. No significant impacts are expected as a result of the construction of the project. Questions and comments should be sent to RBS at the address provided. RBS will accept questions and comments on the environmental assessment for 14 days from the date of publication of this notice. Any final action by RBS related to the proposed project will be subject to, and contingent upon, compliance with all relevant federal environmental laws and regulations and completion of environmental review procedures as prescribed by 7 CFR Part 1970, Environmental Policies and Procedures. A general location map of the proposal is shown below. Dated: June 3, 2019 Michael Beyer, State Environmental Coordinator Published June 12 & 19, 2019. SP115478

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Publication: Miscellaneous 2

Section: Legals

Start Date: 2019/06/12

End Date: 2019/06/19

Owner: Crestmark

City: TROY

County: Clackamas