Project Owner
STACK Infrastructure
Docket Number
90 MW
San Jose, California
Backup Generating System
Project Status
Under Review
Project Type
Small Power Plant Exemption
Project Description

STACK Infrastructure (STACK) proposes to develop the Trade Zone Boulevard Technology Park (Trade Zone Park) which would include an Advanced Manufacturing Building (AMB), the SVY Data Center (SVYDC), a parking garage, and related utility infrastructure, which together constitute the “project” for CEQA analysis purposes. The Trade Zone Park would be located on two parcels of land at the corner of Trade Zone Boulevard and Ringwood Avenue in San Jose, California. The SVY Backup Generating Facility (SVYBGF) would be an emergency backup generating facility with a generation capacity of up to 91 megawatts (MW) to support the need for the SVYDC to provide uninterruptible power supply for its tenant’s servers. The SVYBGF would consist of thirty-six (36) 3-MW and (3) 1-MW diesel-fired backup generators arranged in two generation yards, each designed to serve one of the two data center buildings (SVYDC 05 and SVYDC 06) that make up the SVYDC.  One of the 1-MW diesel backup generators would be installed near the southwest corner of the AMB. All of the generators would be dedicated to replace the electricity needs of the data center buildings and the emergency needs of the AMB in case of a loss of utility power (with redundancy). 

Small Power Plant Exemption

The CEC has the exclusive authority to certify all thermal power plants 50 megawatts (MW) and larger and related facilities proposed for construction in California. The Small Power Plant Exemption (SPPE) process allows applicants with facilities between 50 and 100 MW to obtain an exemption from CEC’s jurisdiction and proceed with local permitting rather than requiring CEC certification. CEC can grant an exemption if it finds that the proposed facility would not create a substantial adverse impact on the environment or energy resources. Public Resources Code section 25519(c) designates CEC as the “lead agency”, in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), for all facilities seeking an SPPE. In granting an SPPE, the CEC is not the final approval necessary for construction and operation of a project. Instead, if the CEC grants an SPPE, the responsible local land use authorities and other agencies, such as the local air management district, will assume jurisdiction over the project under their respective permitting processes, and conduct any other necessary environmental review as “responsible agencies” under CEQA.


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