POWERBUTTE
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.
Utility-Scale Solar Guide

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Note that some of the information in the eBinder and other locations  refers to the Solar Overlay Zone.  This was a part of the process involved in this project.  The Solar Overlay Zone approach was ultimately replaced with the PowerButte Utility Scale Solar Guide project based upon input from the public and direction from the Board of Supervisors.

The Butte County Planning Commission will reviewing the Draft Overlay Approach and Mapping at the following time and place:

Butte County Planning Commission Meeting
November 10, 2016, 9:00 am
25 County Center Drive, Oroville

Staff Report for November 10, 2016 Planning Commission Meeting

Staff Report for September 22, 2016 Planning Commission Meeting (PDF - 4.11MB)

Community Meeting Summary on the Solar Overlay Zone from the following meetings.

CHICO
May 5, 2016, 5:30 PM
Lakeside Pavilion
2565 California Park Drive

OROVILLE
May 9, 2016, 5:30 PM
Southside Community Center
2959 Lower Wyandotte Road

BUTTE VALLEY
May 10, 2016, 5:30 PM
Butte College Main Campus Cafeteria

Solar Overlay Project Vision and Guiding Principles

Through the PowerButte Solar Overlay Zone project, technical work currently underway will identify optimum sites for medium and large scale solar energy facilities, critical components of a diversified and flexible modern energy system. Butte County will seek ways to create a process for streamlining solar energy projects on appropriate sites while protecting the County’s valuable farmland and natural resources, and maintaining and improving Butte County’s environment and quality of life. This effort will also help the County and the State meet ambitious greenhouse gas reduction targets and green energy production goals.

Large scale solar energy facilities are defined as facilities ranging in size from ten to potentially several hundred acres.  We've held public workshops to help engage, educate, and learn from the public about the context for, and tradeoffs with, the promotion of large scale solar energy in Butte County.  Butte County staff and consultants will continue to help facilitate this community discussion.

Goals of the Program:  The Butte County Solar Overlay Zone program will:

  • Identify, through a land use zone, optimum sites for large scale solar energy facilities;
  • Simplify permitting processes for large scale solar energy facilities;
  • Protect valuable farmland, sensitive habitats, and natural resources;
  • Encourage large scale solar energy facilities, critical components of a diversified and flexible modern energy system;
  • Improve the environment and Butte County’s quality of life; and
  • Help the County and State meet ambitious greenhouse gas reduction targets and green energy production goals.

NOTE:  The Project is funded with a 2014 Grant from the California Strategic Growth Council

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