Project Title:Strauss Wind Energy Project
Case Number: 16CUP-00000-00031, 18CDP-00000-00001 18VAR-00000-00002
Project Location:Lompoc Area, Santa Barbara County
Assigned Staff and Division:

Kathy PfeiferEnergy, Minerals and Compliance Division


What's New

The public comment period for the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Report (SEIR) closed on June 14, 2019. County staff and its EIR consutlant are preparing responses to comments that were received during the public comment period and during the environmental hearing that was held on May 30, 2019 in Lompoc. Please see link below to review comments received. The webpage will be updated when a schedule for release of the Final SEIR is determined. 


Stauss Wind, LLC, an affiliate of BayWa r.e. Wind, LLC, proposes to construct and operate a 102 megawatt (MW) wind energy project, the Strauss Wind Energy Project (SWEP), south of the City of Lompoc. The Project's Wind Site is located on 2,970 acres, consisting of 11 properties, and the Project's transmission line corridor would be located on 11 properties, starting at the Wind Site and running east and northeast to the City of Lompoc. The major components of the project include:

  • 30 wind turbine generators (WTGs) up to 492 feet tall;
  • a new 7.3-mile, 115-kilovolt (kV) transmission line to interconnect with the Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) electric grid;
  • an approximate 1-acre substation;
  • an approximate 1.4-acre switchyard;
  • an approximate 0.4-acre operations and maintenance building;
  • widening of existing onsite roads and construction of new roads; and
  • reconductor (replacing wires and possibly poles) for 0.6 miles along PG&E's existing Manville 115-kV power line from the proposed switchyard to PG&E's Cabrillo substation in the City of Lompoc; and upgrades to the Cabrillo substation.

The SWEP's facilities, including all wind turbine generators (WTGs), the power line, and most access roads would be located in the Inland Area of the County and subject to the Santa Barbara County Land Use and Development Code (LUDC). Some grading of access roads would extend into the Coastal Zone and be subject to the Coastal Zoning Ordinance.

The SWEP application package includes applications for a Conditional Use Permit (CUP), a Variance for reduced property line setbacks for WTGs and modifications to setbacks of the WTGs from Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB) property, and a Coastal Development Permit (CDP) for grading of access roads within the Coastal Zone.

The Project site is the location of the previously proposed Lompoc Wind Energy Project (LWEP, 06CUP-00000-00009), which was approved by the County in 2009, but never constructed. A Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) was prepared for the LWEP and certified by the County in February 2009 (County EIR No. 06EIR-00000-00004). The SWEP environmental review is a supplement to the LWEP EIR.


DateEvent Type

 April 23, 2019- June 14, 2019

Public review comment period for Draft SEIR. An environmental hearing was held on May 30, 2019 in Lompoc. 

July 2018 - April 2019       


Planning and Development had been working with their consultant, Aspen Environmental Group, to prepare a Supplement to the Lompoc Wind Energy Project Environmental Impact Report for SWEP.

July 2, 2018


County Planning and Development submitted a Notice of Preparation to the State Clearing House, which initiated a 30-day public comment period. A public scoping meeting was held on July 19, 2018.

April 6, 2018

County Planning and Development determined Strauss' application for a Conditional Use Permit to be complete.

December 21, 2016  

Strauss submitted a Conditional Use Permit application for the development of a utility-scale wind farm.


CEQA Materials

Public Comments Received on the Draft SWEP SEIR

Document by Section: Draft SWEP Supplemental EIR (Folder)

Full Document: Draft SWEP Supplemental EIR (PDF)

Notice of Availability - April 23, 2019

Scoping Meeting Notice

Notice of Preparation – July 19, 2018


Permit Application Materials

Permit Application Package