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 July 01, 2016.

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Community Outreach Meetings

Community Outreach Meetings for the Renewable Energy and Conservation Element are Scheduled: March 15 - 17, 2016. For details visit our Renewable Energy Website: SPARCForum.org. Come share your ideas with us!


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 and Outline can be found online at www.sbcounty.gov/main/renewable.pdf [pdf].

View the agenda [pdf] 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 [pdf].

Grant Application/Project Proposal [pdf].

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 [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].