Country Acres Solar Project

As part of our efforts to continue providing carbon-free, reliable energy, we are planning a solar and battery energy storage project connected to SMUD’s grid.

Project benefits

The project will: 

  • Provide enough zero carbon electricity to power more than 80,000 homes a year, which is equal to taking more than 25,000 cars a year off the road.
  • Contribute more than $41 million to the local economy and support more than 360 jobs in the county during the construction phase.
  • Once operational, be expected to contribute $3.7 million to the local economy and $15 million in economic value to the state each year. 

Environmental review

SMUD has prepared a Notice of Preparation (NOP) to inform agencies and community members that an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) will be prepared for the Country Acres Solar Project. The EIR will satisfy the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) requirements and SMUD will serve as the lead agency for CEQA compliance. Because Placer County will play a role in the project, we will work closely with them to prepare the EIR.

There is a 30-day public comment period from November 19, 2021 through December 21, 2021. Comments can be submitted via email or regular mail to the contact provided in the NOP.

Public meeting

Join us for a virtual public meeting on Wednesday, December 8, 2021, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. to learn more about the project and provide comments.

Zoom webinar link: SMUD Country Acres public meeting 
Webinar/meeting ID: 161 872 3775
Passcode: 047347
Phone dial-in number: 1-669-254-5252 or 1-833-568-8864 (toll free)

Timeline and location

Construction is expected to begin in early 2023 with completion in late 2024.

The project will be located on up to 1,300 acres of land in southwestern Placer County, just west of the City of Roseville. 

Aerial map of Country Acres Project location.

Questions?

For more information, call 916-732-4934 or email CountryAcres@smud.org.