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 on the Butte Utility-Scale Solar Guide, and ongoing efforts to prepare Butte County for climate change impacts. PowerButte is your online source of information on innovative programs that are helping to make Butte County A Place for Clean Energy.

Butte County Utility-Scale Solar Guide

The 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 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.  

PowerButte Sustainability Updates

Butte County is in the process of updating various documents to comply with State sustainability initiatives. These documents include Butte County’s Climate Action Plan and Climate Adaptation Plan (2014), General Plan Health and Safety Element (2010) and the Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (2014).  Visit this site in order to learn more about these updates, including a Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment, and ways Butte County is increasing its preparedness for impacts from climate change.

Butte County's and the City of Chico's CivicSpark Fellow participated in CSU Chico's Campus Sustainability Days on October 25, 2017.  Information was provided on how Butte County and the City of Chico is preparing for the effects of climate change by identifying vulnerabilities and measures that help to adapt and to become more resilient to changing climate conditions.  Stay tuned for more information regarding participation in CSU Chico's This Way to Sustainability Conference XIII, Sustaining Our Future, scheduled for March 15-16, 2018.

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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