On a 7-0 vote, the Marin County Planning Commission approved the permit for a solar installation proposed by Crawford Cooley and Beverly Potter on their property, a former rock quarry in an isolated area just outside Novato. Nine people, including representatives of Sustainable Novato, the Marin Conservation League and a local union, spoke in favor of the project, and an Audubon Society representative voiced concerns but did not directly oppose the project.
The project encompasses 4,272 solar panels up to 6.5 feet high on 11.5 acres of the 952-acre quarry. The $6 million project will generate 1.98 megawatts of electricity, delivered to Marin Clean Energy via nearby power lines. The site, which is not visible from the road, is west of the city of Novato, east of Stafford Lake and about a mile north of Novato Boulevard.
Representatives of Marin Clean Energy testified that the project would become part of "Sol Shares," which offers residents the chance to purchase 100 percent solar energy from a local solar farm in the company's service area.