Renewable Energy

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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View a current listing of solar projects [pdf] that have been submitted to the Planning Division as of December 15, 2016.

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Public Hearing for Renewable Energy and Conservation Element November 3, 2016

The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing to receive comments, review, and make recommendation to the Board of Supervisors on the Draft Renewable Energy and Conservation Element (REC Element) on November 3, 2016 at 9 am.

County of San Bernardino Government Center
Covington Chambers- First Floor
385 North Arrowhead Avenue
San Bernardino, CA 92415


Jerry Lewis High Desert Government Center
15900 Smoke Tree Street
Hesperia, CA 92345

Bob Burke Joshua Tree County Government Center
63665 Twentynine Palms Highway
Joshua Tree, CA 92552

Interested persons may submit comments or questions in writing prior to the meeting or appear in person and be heard. A link to the revised REC Element with tracked changes and related documents is below. Additional information is also available in the related Staff Report on the Planning Commission website


CEQA Addendum

The Draft Renewable Energy and Conservation Element Is Available for Review!

The Draft Renewable Energy and Conservation Element (REC Element) will be presented to the San Bernardino County Planning Commission at a Study Session Workshop to be held August 4, 2016 from 9 am to 11 am. The Workshop is designed to provide an introduction of the Draft REC Element and to initiate a public review period of at least 60 days. The meeting purpose is for discussion and information-exchange only. No action by the Commission will be recommended.

The REC Element can be viewed via the following link:


A key supportive document used to help inform the REC Element’s policies is the REVEAL Initiative Report, prepared by Aspen Environmental Group under direction of County Planning staff over this past year. This document is available via the following link:

The March 2015 Background Report to the Draft Renewable Energy and Conservation Element prepared by PMC can be accessed via the following link:

REC Element Background Report - PMC March 2015.pdf

Listening Session

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 video conference 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 can be found online at
Renewable Energy and Conservation Element Framework [pdf].

View the agenda [pdf] for March 5, 2015 SPARC listening session.

Solar Energy Generating Projects Interim Urgency Ordinance

Ordinance Amending Chapter 84.29 of the County Development Code [pdf] (adopted December 17, 2013. Effective January 16, 2014).

July 17, 2013 Report on Interim Urgency Ordinance [pdf].

Interim Urgency Ordinance 4198 [pdf].

Extension of Interim Urgency Ordinance 4198 [pdf].