Alameda County has been working on a plan to create a set of policies governing construction and use of solar energy facilities in rural areas of the county.  This policy discussion comes in response to an increasing number of applications and interest in large scale solar development in the county’s eastern sections.  EBCNPS has been closely following this process and submitted a letter yesterday (9/13/11) commenting on the County’s recently released “Proposed Policies for Solar Energy Facilities in Rural Alameda County” document.  This document was to be considered by the County’s Board of Supervisors on September 13th, but the item has been postponed.

Among our main concerns with the policy plan as it is currently laid out  are:

The document being too general to effectively describe what would actually be involved in the review and permitting process of different Solar Energy Facilities in the County;

A failure to note and protect areas of valuable biological resources in areas that have potential for solar infrastructure development;

And the consistency of this plan with existing policies regulating zoning and development in rural areas of the County.

I will be sure to keep you up do date on any new developments.  Our letter is attached below along with a copy of the County’s “Proposed Policies for Solar Energy Facilities in Rural Alameda County” document.

Alameda County’s “Proposed Solar Policies for Solar Energy Facilities in Rural Alameda County” document

EBCNPS’s 9/13/11 Letter Commenting on Alameda County’s Solar Policy

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