IMPERIAL COUNTY — Major projects coming up for county approval in 2020 include a residential development for the Sunbeam Lake area by local businessman Marty Coyne and a battery-storage facility in the El Centro area by New York City-based ConEdison.
The various projects
identified by Imperial County Planning and Development Services and are in
various stages of development, said Michael Abraham, Planning assistant
Coyne Ranch has been
under review by Planning for about three years, Abraham said. It is in the
environmental document phase and needs a zone change, general plan amendment
and tract-map approval, all from the county Planning Commission and county
It could reach the county
board for consideration toward the end of 2020, Abraham added.
Coyne did not immediately
return calls for comment.
The development, near
Sunbeam Lake off Ross and Bennett roads, calls for 443 single-family homes and
180 multi-family units, or duplexes, on 130 acres of land owned by Coyne, Abraham
While there is no timeline
attached to the project, once all of the approvals are made by the end of the
year, Abraham said Coyne would have up to 10 years to record his maps associated
with the project. After that, he could start construction.
“Right now, we’re waiting
on some things from the developer to move forward” on reviewing the project,
The ConEdison project,
tentatively named the Westside Canal Battery Storage Complex, is slated to be
built in numerous phases, Abraham said. Battery storage units would be developed
in 25-megawatt to 350-megawatt pieces over five to 10 years. When fully operational,
he said, the project is planned for a total of 2,025 megawatts of storage
The battery storage
facility would be on 148 acres of land owned by ConEdison located about eight
miles southwest of El Centro south of the Westside Canal at Liebert Road,
first phase is anticipated to begin in 2021 and completed in 2022,” he said.
officials did not immediately return emails seeking more information on the
storage is believed to be vital to the continued development of renewable
energy as a way to store produced power during off-peak demand times or during
times when energy from solar or wind sources is not being produced. Developing
utility-scale battery storage in Imperial County is among the Imperial Valley
Economic Development Corp.’s targeted development sectors, according to its
Another Solar Farm Planned
furthest along this year are a solar-energy project being developed by Ormat
Energy and the expansion of a geothermal landfill facility by CalEnergy,
Abraham added. Both could see Planning Commission and county board approvals
toward the middle of the year.
Ormat project is called the Wister Solar Energy Project. It is a
20-megwatt solar farm being developed outside Niland near Highway 111 and
Wilkins and Wiest roads. It would be on about 160 acres of privately owned land
outside the irrigated desert, Abraham said.
Ormat, known for
operating several geothermal plants, is looking to continue to expand its
energy portfolio locally by developing solar fields, Abraham said. He added
Ormat already has a Heber-area solar project that is operational.
The CalEnergy landfill
expansion is part of an already-approved geothermal-specific landfill project
that is nearly full some 12 miles west of Westmorland. Operated under the name Desert
Valley Company, the landfill takes nonhazardous waste from geothermal-drilling
operations that cannot be reused (such as geothermal brine byproducts called
“filter cakes”) and deposits it in the landfill, Abraham said.