Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan

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Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (“SWPPP”) Guide for Solar Developers & Installers

SolRiver Capital wants developers and installers to know exactly what is required for a Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan, or SWPPP, during the diligence process to secure an investment from us. In this guide on the SWPPP, we discuss:

  1. What the SWPPP is;
  2. Why SolRiver requires it from the developer and when it is needed;
  3. The scope SolRiver requires; and
  4. Who can provide the service.

What is a Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan?

A SWPPP, or Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan, is a site-specific, written, and signed document that (1) identifies the activities and conditions at the site that could cause water pollution and (2) details the steps the solar facility will take to prevent storm water pollution originating from the site.

Why is the SWPPP needed and when do you need it by?

A SWPPP is required by the EPA and the county of the site during the construction and operation of a solar facility to mitigate the dangers of storm water runoff at the site. The SWPPP can be an important driver of the civil costs associated with a project. Additionally, the SWPPP must be in place before construction begins as it is a requirement for certain permits.

What is the required scope for a SWPPP?

The SWPPP requires four (4) main steps:

  1. Site Assessment and Planning;
  2. Selecting Erosion and Sediment Control Best Management Practices;
  3. Selecting Good Housekeeping Best Management Practices; and
  4. Implementing Inspections, Maintenance, and Record-keeping.

SolRiver Capital

SolRiver Capital is a solar investment fund dedicated to financing development, construction, and acquisition of small and mid-size utility-scale projects across the US.

Who can help prepare a Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan?

Haley Aldrich: