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Imperial County September 2015
- Covers approximately 2.9 million acres
- An estimated 2.7 acres are within the DRECP area
- As of June 30, 2015, the county had 39 wholesale or utility-scale renewable energy projects that were operating and capable of generating 1,951 megawatts (MW).
- 889 MW of solar photovoltaic
- 705 MW of geothermal power
- 265 MW of wind energy
- 93 MW of small hydroelectricity
- As of June 30, 2015, the county had 19 distributed generation renewable energy projects (facilities smaller than 20 MW that primarily generate electricity for use on-site) that were operating and capable of generating 165 MW.
- 87 MW of geothermal
- 60 MW of small hydroelectricity
- 17 MW of solar PV
- 1 MW of biomass energy
- The county applied for and received two Renewable Energy Conservation Planning Grants totaling $1.1 million from the Energy Commission. It is using the funding to update elements of the Geothermal/Alternative Energy and Transmission Element, and the Conservation and Open Space Element 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 General Plan, Comments on DRECP and Renewable Energy Resources
Renewable Energy Conservation Planning Grants
California Energy Commission Notice of Proposed Award (April 2014), Notice of Proposed Award (April 2013)
Comments on the draft DRECP Environmental Impact Report (February 2015)