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Los Angeles County March 2017
Los Angeles County has the largest amount of distributed generation capacity of any county in California. The world’s largest solar photovoltaic installations, the 579 megawatt (MW) Solar Star Projects, are being built on lands in Los Angeles and Kern County. The county’s 2035 General Plan and recently approved Renewable Energy Ordinance (REO) are meant to guide the future development of renewable energy projects within unincorporated Los Angeles County.
- The county covers approximately 2.6 million acres
- An estimated 680,000 acres are within the DRECP area
- As of December 2016, the county had 157 wholesale renewable energy projects that were operating and capable of generating 1,127 megawatts (MW).
- 123 solar photovoltaic projects capable of 681 MW
- 13 biomass projects capable of 222 MW
- 20 small hydroelectric projects capable of 216 MW
- 1 solar thermal project capable of 8 MW
The county applied for and received a Renewable Energy Conservation Planning Grants totaling $518,398 from the Energy Commission, which it used to support the development of its Renewable Energy Ordinance and corresponding Environmental Impact Report for its unincorporated areas.
See the Los Angeles 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
Antelope Valley Area Plan (June 2015)
Renewable Energy Conservation Planning Grants
Notice of Proposed Award (April 2013)