Google Translate Disclaimer
This link to the Google Translate web application is provided for the convenience of our website visitors and is for informational purposes only.
The California Energy Commission does not guarantee the accuracy or timeliness of any translation produced by the Google Translate automated web application and is not liable for any inaccurate information resulting from the use of the Google Translate.
The California Energy Commission does not endorse the use of Google Translate; other translation services may be available to translate the information on our site. Please refer to the Energy Commission's website Conditions of Use.
For more information about Google Translate, please visit:
Please consult a translator for accuracy if you are relying on the translation or are using this site for official business.
Select a language below:
Imperial County March 2017
Imperial County has seen significant interest in renewable energy development and in September 2015 it completed an amendment to its General Plan to support projects that use geothermal, solar, wind, biofuels and biomass resources. Its Revised Renewable Energy Resources Ordinance is used to implement a Renewable Energy Overlay Zone in the Renewable Energy and Transmission Element of the county General Plan. The element is integrated with regulations of other government agencies that regulate renewable energy development.
- The county covers approximately 2.9 million acres
- An estimated 2.7 acres are within the DRECP area
- As of December 2016, the county had 45 wholesale renewable energy projects that were operating and capable of generating 2,254 megawatts (MW):
- 16 solar photovoltaic projects capable of 1,178 MW
- 20 geothermal power projects capable of 718 MW
- 1 wind energy project capable of 265 MW
- 8 small hydroelectric facilities capable of 93 MW
The county applied for and received two Renewable Energy Conservation Planning Grants totaling $1.1 million from the Energy Commission. It used the funding to update the Geothermal/Alternative Energy and Transmission Element (approved on September 22, 2015), and the Conservation and Open Space Element (approved on March 8, 2016) of its General Plan.
See the Imperial County Renewable Energy Fact Sheet and refer to the documents below to learn more about county plans and policies being used to guide local renewable energy development.
County Planning and Renewable Energy Resources
- General Plan
- County of Imperial General Plan: Renewable Energy and Transmission Element
- County of Imperial General Plan: Conservation and Open Space Update
Renewable Energy Conservation Planning Grants
- Planning and Development Services (ICPDS) CEC Alternative Energy Update
- California Energy Commission Notice of Proposed Award (April 2014), Notice of Proposed Award (April 2013)
- Imperial County Status Report for Planning Grants
- Memorandum of Understanding Between Imperial County and California Energy Commission (December 2012)
- Comments on the draft DRECP Environmental Impact Report (February 2015)