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 September 12, 2017.

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Adopted August 8, 2017

Renewable Energy and Conservation Element

Resolution No. 2017-167, Addition of a Renewable Energy and Conservation Element as Part of the County General Plan

REC Element Minute Item 8-8-2017


Board of Supervisors Public Hearing for the Renewable Energy and Conservation Element Scheduled for August 8, 2017

The Board of Supervisors Public Hearing for the Renewable Energy and Conservation Element (REC Element) has been scheduled for August 8, 2017, 1:00 PM, in the Covington Chambers, First Floor, County Government Center.   Remote video conferencing will also be available at the Jerry Lewis High Desert Government Center and the Bob Burke Joshua Tree Government Center.

 

PLACE OF PUBLIC HEARING :
County of San Bernardino Government Center
Covington Chambers- First Floor
385 North Arrowhead Avenue
San Bernardino, CA 92415

REMOTE VIDEO CONFERENCING:

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

Written comments on the April 2017 Final Public Hearing Draft should be submitted by July 25, 2017 to be included in the Board of Supervisors Agenda Item.   Comments received after this date may be submitted to the Clerk of the Board at the Public Hearing.

 

Send comments and/or questions to Linda.Mawby@LUS.sbcounty.gov



April 2017 Final Public Hearing Draft Renewable Energy and Conservation Element Now Available for Public Review!

The Final Public Hearing Draft Renewable Energy and Conservation Element (REC Element) has been revised following the Planning Commission Public Hearing held November 3, 2016 and is now available for public review. The Board of Supervisors’ upcoming public hearing has not yet been scheduled, but the date will be posted on   this website and email notices sent out once scheduled.

The April 2017 Final Public Hearing Draft REC Element tracks minor recommended refinements requested by the Planning Commission and recommended by public comments. The Final Draft can be viewed via the following link:

FINAL PUBLIC HEARING DRAFT RENEWABLE ENERGY AND CONSERVATION ELEMENT April 2017

Comments and/or questions may be sent directly to Linda.Mawby@lus.sbcounty.gov.


Newly Available!

LUS Planning has compiled the community feedback received from SPARC Phases 1 and 2 and the Planning Commission Public Hearing.
Renewable Energy and Conservation Element - Combined Participation Feedback, July 2014 through March 2016
Planning Commission Staff Report November 3. 2016 - Exhibit B: Written Public Comments


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.

PLACE OF PUBLIC HEARING
:
County of San Bernardino Government Center
Covington Chambers- First Floor
385 North Arrowhead Avenue
San Bernardino, CA 92415


REMOTE VIDEO CONFERENCING:

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

Staff Report Renewable Energy and Conservation Element

DRAFT RENEWABLE ENERGY AND CONSERVATION ELEMENT NOVEMBER 2016

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:

DRAFT RENEWABLE ENERGY AND CONSERVATION ELEMENT 07/29/2016

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:

http://www.sbcounty.gov/uploads/LUS/SPARC/REVEALFinalInitiativeReport.pdf

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]. (June 12, 2013, Item 12)

Extension of Interim Urgency Ordinance 4207 [pdf]. (July 23, 2013, Item 50)