Board of Supervisors Approve Lompoc Wind Project
By edhat staff
The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday evening to deny three appeals and approve the Strauss Wind Project in Lompoc.
Supervisors voted 4-0 with Supervisor Peter Adam recusing himself. They heard three appeals filed by neighbors and others concerned about negative impacts on surrounding nature and wildlife after the Santa Barbara County Planning Commission approved the project in November.
BayWa's 98 megawatts Strauss Wind Project will be Santa Barbara County's first wind farm, located in the hills south of Lompoc.
The project plans to place 29 wind turbines that are nearly 500 feet tall on approximately 3,000 acres near Miguelito Canyon and a 5,000 square foot operations building. This is the same location as the previously-approved Lompoc Wind Energy Project from 2009 that was scrapped due to the recession.
The turbines can produce enough electricity for 43,000 homes and will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 40,000 metric tons per year. It also provides an estimated $40 million in tax revenue over the project's 30-year life span, creates 150 temporary construction jobs and 4 to 6 permanent jobs, and will allow local ranchers to continue agricultural operations while receiving supplemental income, according to the project's supporters.
Construction is slated to begin in early 2020.