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 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

Renewable Energy Conservation Planning Grants


State Renewable Energy Information and Data