California Solar Energy Facility Permit Streamlining Guide

February 2012

By: California County Planning Directors Association, Jennifer Barrett, Tim Snellings
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Solar Energy

This guide is designed to help counties in California develop zoning regulations and permitting processes to streamline solar development. It outlines considerations and approaches to developing expedited permit processing and zoning standards for solar energy facilities (SEFs). It discusses four key issues: loss of agricultural lands, environmental impact, abandonment and restoration, and regulatory burden and includes model ordinances for permit streamlining and for a new zoning district to accommodate large-scale solar installations.