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Riverside County September 2015
- Covers approximately 4.7 million acres
- An estimated 2.1 million acres are within the DRECP area
- As of June 30, 2015, the county had 55 wholesale or utility scale renewable energy projects that were operating and capable of generating 1,695 megawatts (MW).
- 738 MW of wind
- 598 MW of solar photovoltaic (PV)
- 250 MW of solar thermal
- 59 MW of biomass
- 50 MW of small hydroelectricity
- As of June 30, 2015, the county had 43 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 437 MW.
- 262 of solar PV
- 146 MW of wind
- 20 MW of small hydroelectricity
- 9 MW of biomass
- The county applied for and received a Renewable Energy Conservation Planning Grants totaling $699,996 from the Energy Commission, which it is using 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 General Plan, Comments on DRECP 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)