'Solar energy facilities' popping up around Butte County

Aug 13, 2014 7:24 PM by Brian Johnson

California has a mandate of having 33% of all energy come from renewable resources by 2020, and officials say solar energy makes up a big part of that solution.

Like the state of California, Butte County said we can expect more green energy production in the coming years.

They say part of that solution is solar, and parcels of land full of solar panels are popping up around the county.

In fact, over the past three years, the county has approved four conditional use permits for a San Francisco-based solar company, and three more are under review.
In order to be approved, the land must be connected to an electrical substation, among other things.

"We try and keep them out of our prime farmlands," said Butte County Development Services Director Tim Snellings. "So they're typically located in the foothills around the county which gets into the very marginal soils for farming."

Butte County approved 274 solar projects last year.
This year, they've already approved 374 four projects.


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