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The Aramis project will create over 400 all-union construction jobs through a project labor agreement (PLA) between IP Aramis, LLC and five local construction crafts representing over 10,000 members living in Alameda and Contra Costa counties.
Development of the Aramis project will contribute an estimated $1.5 million in local sales tax revenues directly to Alameda County. The property transfer will result in an additional estimated annual $200 thousand increase in property tax revenues to the state and the County.
Intersect Power is committed to procuring as much local materials and equipment, and using as many local vendors, as we can to construct and operate the project. To this end, we have already begun reaching out to many East Bay small business owners. We estimate that at least $7.5 million of local procurement will be necessary to construct the project. As many as $22 million in indirect and induced local economic benefits are projected as a result of increased economic activities from the project.
Intersect Power is a proud member of the East Bay Leadership Council and the Livermore Valley Chamber of Commerce, and we are a San Francisco certified Green Business.
“The Aramis Solar Energy Generation and Storage Project is critical to addressing the climate crisis and need for alternative energy sources to support California’s climate change goals to derive 50 percent of the state’s electricity from renewable resources by 2030…This project presents Alameda County with an opportunity to be a regional leader in renewable energy advancement for a more resilient future.”
BILL QUIRK, PhD
CALIFORNIA STATE ASSEMBLYMEMBER, DISTRICT 20
“The City of Union City is pleased to support Aramis Solar Energy Generation and Storage Project. Union City supports East Bay Community Energy (EBCE) for the purpose of delivering cleaner electricity to the residents and businesses in Alameda County. A key strategy of EBCE is to develop new local renewable energy resources to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions while creating local living wage jobs.“
MAYOR, UNION CITY
“The City of Emeryville is a founding member of East Bay Community Energy (EBCE), whose mission is to deliver clean energy to our ratepayers, as well as to invest in local renewable sources of electricity. The Aramis Solar project will help to meet these goals, in addition to creating local jobs. Finally, by including a battery storage component in this project, Aramis is contributing to increasing our resiliency in the face of unprecedented wildfire seasons and heat storms.”
MAYOR, CITY OF EMERYVILLE
“In alignment with input that we have received for our TRIVALLEY regional 2040 Vision Plan, Innovation TRIVALLEY Leadership Group believes increased renewable energy production is critical. Just as wind turbines have now become symbols of Livermore’s early commitment to clean energy, solar plus storage projects, like the Aramis Renewable Energy Project, help further the state’s goals to transition our economy away from fossil fuels.
Through a power purchase agreement with East Bay Community Energy, the Aramis project will directly benefit Alameda County ratepayers and protect the region against ongoing rolling blackouts. The green energy project in North Livermore will generate clean power to 25,000 homes and businesses not just when the sun is shining, but when East Bay residents need it most.”
STEVE LANZA, ITV BOARD CHAIR
LYNN NAYLOR, CEO
“The City of Hayward is pleased to support Aramis Solar Energy Generation and Storage Project. The City of Hayward helped establish East Bay Community Energy (EBCE) in 2016 for the purpose of delivering cleaner electricity to the residents and businesses in Alameda County. A key strategy of EBCE is to develop new local renewable energy resources to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions while creating local living wage jobs. EBCE has been working with Intersect Solar to develop the Aramis Solar project located in North Livermore and is currently completing negotiations to procure 20MWs of local Resource Adequacy from the project…Projects that develop new solar coupled with storage are an essential part of solution as we work to reduce emissions to meet local, state, and global climate goals.”
MAYOR, CITY OF HAYWARD
“Alameda County must be a leader to immediately and substantially reduce GHG emissions, increase clean energy and protect the natural systems that we need to buffer us from the worst effects of climate change. This Project, improving it to require bird monitoring and adaptive management, and crafting a sound comprehensive solar policy that will allow future clean energy projects to win quick, non-controversial approval provide opportunities to lead. The County must lead, because everyone must lead.”
“I personally promote solar energy farms, especially on land that is not well suited to grow crop yields. I believe in (the team at) Intersect Power to provide a smooth transition of the land and provide a clean reliable long-term energy source for the community in which the power will be provided.”
LEO VAN WARMERDAM
VAN WARMERDAM DAIRY
“The Aramis project follows a number of smart-from-the-start principles that NRDC actively encourages and supports: sited on previously disturbed agricultural land with low agricultural productivity that does not provide significant habitat for sensitive species; is set back from mature oak riparian vegetation and ephemeral creek habitat within Cayetano Creek; incorporates pollinator enhancing vegetation underneath the arrays and along roadways to support threatened native pollinator populations; incorporates management practices to encourage raptor foraging within the arrays; sited close to load and directly adjacent to a high-voltage substation and does not require building new transmission infrastructure; and incorporates energy storage. Specifically, NRDC supports the Resource Management Avoidance Alternative in the Draft EIR, which we believe optimizes solar generation and storage capacity while minimizing impacts to natural resources.”
NATIONAL RESOURCES DEFENSE COUNCIL
“Aramis will provide abundant solar power during the day in order to meet the demand necessitated by air conditioning in the County and will utilize a battery storage system that can be dispatched during peak demand to reduce reliance on fossil fuel peaker plants. Additionally, the construction of this project will create much needed good-paying local jobs through a Project Labor Agreement that will put people back to work at a time when COVID-19 is devastating working families and their livelihoods.”
“Local job creation is an important benefit of procuring large-scale renewable energy. The Aramis project and its developer, Intersect Power, have demonstrated their commitment to ensuring local labor will benefit from the project by entering into a project labor agreement with five local unions: the IBEW Local 595, Operating Engineers Local 3, Northern California District Council of Laborers, Ironworkers Local 378, and Northern California Carpenters Regional Council…Sited on grazing land, the grazing regime will be maintained during project operations, ensuring the rural character of the site is maintained.”
EAST BAY LEADERSHIP COUNCIL
“Intersect Power is designing the project to accommodate foraging habitat for pollinators, including our honey bees…Sola Bee Farms will be working with the team at Intersect to ensure optimal design in access, operations, safety, and vegetation mix at the Aramis project site in order to nourish our bees and help produce delicious honey.”
SOLA BEE FARMS
“Sunshine is plentiful in the Livermore Valley. The Aramis project will be one of northern California’s largest solar installations generating 100-megawatts of power, providing multiple economic benefits during and after construction. It will create more than 300 jobs, power over 20,000 Alameda County homes, offset 200,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually and generate economic opportunities for Livermore area businesses.”
DAWN P. ARGULA
LIVERMORE VALLEY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
“IBEW Local 595 is pleased to be a partner in this project. We have over 2,000 local members who serve as wiremen, electricians, and other specialists. Our hard-working local men and women and their families will benefit from a major project being located close to home.”