Contra Costa County, through a grant from the California Strategic Growth Council, is conducting a study of the potential in the County for renewable energy, particularly wind, solar, biomass, and biogas.
While the County’s zoning ordinances encourage the installation of renewable energy for use on a residence or business, the ordinances that apply to energy generated for commercial purposes allow only wind. (It’s worth noting that the County issues about 1,500 permits each year for rooftop solar on homes.)
The Renewable Resource Potential Study will assess opportunities for solar, wind, biomass, and biogas resources in the unincorporated County and on facilities owned or leased by the County. It will identify changes to County zoning ordinances that would be helpful to accommodate deployment of renewable resources while prioritizing the highest and best use of land, particularly areas that are used for agriculture or parks, or identified as habitat conservation areas.
The study is kicking off in May 2018, and is expected to be complete in late summer.
We will be hosting three stakeholder meetings as the project progresses.
Stakeholder Meeting #2
Wednesday, July 25, 1:00 - 2:30
50 Douglas Drive, Martinez
This meeting provided an overview of the initial findings on resource potential and considerations for zoning.
Stakeholder Meeting #1
Thursday, May 24, 10:30 – 12:00
651 Pine Street, Room 101, Martinez
This meeting allowed stakeholders to provide input on the methodology we will use to assess renewable energy opportunities.
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