PowerButte is the face of Butte County’s commitment to encourage renewable energy and to support its General Plan and Climate Action Plan. Here, you will find information about Butte County’s plans to develop a Guide to Utility Scale Solar. PowerButte is your online source of information on innovative programs that are helping to make Butte County a Place for Clean Energy. This effort will serve as a vehicle to engage, educate, and learn from the public about the context for, and trade-offs with, the promotion of solar energy in Butte County.

Butte County Utility-Scale Solar Guide Project - The Draft Butte Utility-Scale Solar Guide is a component of the PowerButte initiative and is a valuable resource for anyone interested in learning more about utility-scale solar facilities within unincorporated Butte County, including landowners, developers, community members, and decision-makers.  The Guide also provides detailed  information about solar energy and sets a framework for the consideration of utility-scale solar facilities in Butte County. The Guide includes sections regarding Butte County's Vision for utility-scale solar facility development , Guiding Principles, Entitlement Process, State and Local Context, Opportunities and Constraints, Recommended Standards and Design Guidelines, a GIS Mapping Tool, Community Benefits and Future Trends/Creative Approaches.  

This effort supports the County's and the State's ambitious greenhouse gas reduction targets and green energy production goals and was funded through a grant under the Sustainable Communities Planning Grant and Incentives Program administered by the Department of Conservation.  A final Planning Commission hearing is scheduled for August 10, 2017 at 9:00 am, where the Planning Commission will review the final draft Guide and make recommendations to the Board of Supervisors.  The public is welcome to attend the Planning Commission hearing and provide comment  ...MORE INFO

PowerButte Sustainability Updates - Coming Soon! 

Check back for Butte County's efforts to update its Climate Adaptation Plan, including the preparation of a Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment and Climate Change Preparedness Plan in support of SB-32 and SB-379.

Butte County's Adopted Climate Action Plan (CAP)

Butte County adopted a Climate Action Plan (CAP) on February 25, 2014.  The CAP implements the County’s recently adopted General Plan by providing goals, measures, and actions to improve quality of life in the County. The CAP contains programs and actions that are designed to help the County sustain its natural resources, grow efficiently, ensure long-term resiliency to a changing environmental and economic climate, and improve transportation. The CAP also supports statewide greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals identified in Assembly Bill (AB) 32 and Senate Bill (SB) 375...MORE INFO

Property Assessed Clean Energy Programs (PACE)

PACE programs are implemented in Butte County to assist property owners with financing solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, water conservation and energy efficiency projects...MORE INFO

Solar Permits

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