San Bernardino County has a rich history of renewable energy development. The Desert Region of the County is home to the first large scale solar projects in the State, constructed in Daggett, Harper Dry Lake, and Kramer Junction in the 1980s and 1990s. Today, the County is at the threshold of a new era in sustainable community development with renewable energy being a foundation essential. Please check this page regularly for updates and additional information on our ongoing efforts.
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Click here to view a current listing of solar projects that have been submitted to the Planning Division as of August 12, 2015.
Land Use Services conducted a listening session on plans for the County General Plan Renewable Energy Element on March 5, 2015, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Board of Supervisors Covington Chambers in San Bernardino, with opportunities for videoconference testimony from both the High Desert (Hesperia) and Joshua Tree county government centers. This session began with an overview of the County’s planning progress and priorities from County Planning Director Terri Rahhal, followed by public comments on the Element Framework and Outline. The listening session was the third round of public exchange on the County General Plan renewable energy element process (SPARC).
The Element Framework and Outline can be found online at www.sbcounty.gov/main/renewable.pdf
Click here to view the agenda for March 5, 2015 SPARC listening session
Renewable Energy and Conservation General Plan Element
Land Use Services was recently awarded a $700,000 grant from the California Energy Commission (CEC) to create a new Renewable Energy Element for the County General Plan. Please view the documents below for additional information.
CEC Notice of Proposed Award
Grant Application/Project Proposal
Please visit the Project website at SPARCForum.org You may read about the project, read comments submitted by other interested parties, participate in activities or leave your own comments on renewable energy.
Solar Energy Generating Projects Interim Urgency Ordinance
Ordinance Amending Chapter 84.29 of the County Development Code (adopted December 17, 2013. Effective January 16, 2014)
July 17, 2013 Report on Interim Urgency Ordinance
Interim Urgency Ordinance 4198
Extention of Interim Urgency Ordinance 4198