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Kern County March 2017
Kern County produces more renewable energy than any other county in California. In 2011, its Board of Supervisors established a goal to have 10,000 megawatts (MW) of renewable energy in production by 2015 and to date the county has permitted over 11,000 MW of all types and sizes of renewable energy resources. Over $28 billion has been invested in the county by companies that are developing renewable energy projects.
- The county covers approximately 5.2 million acres
- An estimated 1.7 million acres are within the DRECP area
- As of December 2016, the county had 142 wholesale or utility-scale renewable energy projects that were operating and capable of generating 5,293 megawatts (MW).
- 55 wind energy project capable of 3,310 MW
- 79 solar photovoltaic projects capable of 1,785 MW
- 3 biomass projects capable of 124 MW
- 5 small hydroelectric projects capable of 75 MW
See the Kern 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
Planned and Ready presentation (Kern County Energy Summit December 2014, YouTube video)
Valley Floor Habitat Conservation Plan (December 2006)
Comments on the draft DRECP Environmental Impact Report (February 2015)