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Riverside County March 2017
Riverside County is home to one of the largest solar photovoltaic projects in the world, the 550 megawatt (MW) Desert Sunlight project. It is also home to California’s largest inland body of water, the Salton Sea. The Salton Sea is a diverse, commercially viable renewable energy resource with the potential to generate over 3,000 MW of renewable energy. The Salton Sea is also home to more than 400 species of birds and has a greater diversity of avian species than the Florida Everglades.1
- The county covers approximately 4.7 million acres
- An estimated 2.1 million acres are within the DRECP area
- As of December 2016, the county had 74 wholesale renewable energy projects that were operating and capable of generating 2,195 megawatts (MW).
- 30 solar photovoltaic projects capable of 1,137 MW
- 34 wind energy projects capable of 699 MW
- 1 solar thermal project capable of 250 MW
- 3 biomass projects capable of 59 MW
- 6 small hydroelectric projects capable of 50 MW
The county applied for and received a Renewable Energy Conservation Planning Grant totaling $699,996 from the Energy Commission, which it used to develop its eligible Renewable Energy Development Planning Program. That program is meant to support the development of a proposed amendment to its General Plan and related work will help ensure the plan is coordinated with the policies of the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan.
See the Riverside 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
Renewable Energy Conservation Planning Grants
Renewable Energy Conservation Planning Grant Application (February 2014)
Comments on the draft DRECP Environmental Impact Report (February 2015)
State Renewable Energy Information and Data
- Energy Commission Renewable Energy Conservation Planning Grants
- Renewable Energy Tracking Progress Report
- Status of California Energy Commission Renewable Energy Siting Projects
- Warren Alquist Act (Public Resources Code 25619)
1 Redlands Institute, Salton Sea: California’s Everglades, 2002.