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.

CivicSpark Fellow Opportunity for College Graduates!!
If you have an undergraduate degree and are interested in making communities more sustainable, the Butte County Department of Development Services is hosting a CivicSpark Fellow for the 2017-18 service year. CivicSpark, a Governor’s Initiative AmeriCorps program, builds capacity for local governments to address climate change and water resource management in California. Fellows in the program will serve for 11 months with local governments and gain real-world experience as they start their career in the sustainability field, all while making a lasting impact in the local community.

Our Fellow will be shared with the City of Chico and will be serving the community by developing a Climate Change Preparedness Plan and work with CSU Chico Geography students in developing a Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment for Butte County. Look for the PowerButte Sustainability Update project under the Sacramento Region of CivicSpark’s website to learn more and apply for this exciting opportunity: http://civicspark.lgc.org/our-projects/  

Butte County Utility-Scale Solar Guide Project - We will create a PowerButte Utility-Scale Solar Guide that will include a Vision, 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.  The guide will be succinct and reader-friendly by avoiding jargon and using graphic elements to convey the concepts in the report.  As part of this task, County staff and the consultant team will coordinate with an expert in utility-scale solar development in order ensure that the Guide is useful to the solar industry and effectively explains the review and approval process in Butte County. This effort will also help the County and the State meet ambitious greenhouse gas reduction targets and green energy production goals...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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