Attempting To Comply With AB32 Targets, Solar Energy Farms Confront Tricky Problems In Connection With The Williamson Act

Our California state legislature passed the California Global warming Solutions Act of ’06 which directs that California’s green-house gas pollutants be decreased to the 1990 amounts by the end of 2020 so as to decrease the enormous danger climatic change creates for the financial well-being, general public health and wellness and the environment of California. Our California State legislature has introduced many laws and regulations meant to safeguard California’s natural resources for generations to come. Our California Land Conservation Act of 1965, much more typically referred to as the Williamson Act, was basically passed for the purpose of protecting farming property throughout California. To assist and accomplish this green house gas emissions decrease objective, California organized a new Renewables Portfolio Standards system which in turn endeavors to add to the quantity of electrical energy produced via environmentally friendly power sources to thirty-three percentage of total retail electricity sales of throughout California state each year by December thirty-one, of the year 2013.

At present, California’s electric companies acquire just eighteen pct of the electrical power via replenishable electricity resources. To get California’s green power generation objectives, a lot of supplemental solar energy farms and also other renewable electricity generating capability will have to be established within a remarkably limited time period. At the moment, the usage of somewhere around thirty-three pct of California’s overall non-public property (or about, sixteen million acres) has become controlled through Williamson Act agreements.

Establishing significant scale wind along with solar energy farm electric power ventures commonly involves using 100s, or sometimes 1000’s, of acres of continuous, undeveloped acreage. And this specific property has to be sold at a financially cost-effective amount to make the wind turbine and/or solar energy farm ventures financially feasible. Property achieving this specific criterion is commonly only accessible in countryside places. Consequently farm acreage happens to be disproportionately apt to be controlled by Williamson Act acreage use constraints.

Although solar farm developments usually find it difficult overcoming the Williamson Act’s compatible use concepts as a result of the significant percent of acreage utilized with the solar power equipment, at least several counties permit PV power initiatives to be constructed upon unusable farming acreage pursuant to a conditional use permit. Assuming California is actually seriously interested in realizing the AB32 green house gas reduction targets, California local government authorities will have to include solar energy farm ventures as being an appropriate use for Williamson Act acreage, and permit photo voltaic electricity ventures to be established in non-prime farming property pursuant to the conditional use permitting.

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Sy Richardson brings years of high level client interaction. He is an expert in strategic thinking, problem solving, negotiation and logistics. His first solar company was started in the 80s in Miami Fl where his company installed over 3,000 residential solar systems. In 2008 Mr. Richardson refocused on utility scale solar projects and has many connections in the industry. He founded Commercial Solar Design, a company focused solely on solar farm development projects. Sy is involved in all stages of the solar farm project life. Sy is currently the Executive VP of EternaTile, Inc. EternaTile has completed 6 years of R&D and is now the best performing roofing system on the market. The EternaTile fully integrated BIPV Roofing System will follow later in 2016. The patented EternaTile Roofing System takes rooftop performance and integrates solar PV to the next level by encapsulating solar cells in the roofing tiles. The integrated solar delivers a beautiful rooftop solar solution as compared to mounted solar panels. Contact Sy or visit for more info. He loves working with the Maine Island Trail Association, and other earth friendly organizations. He has a wealth of information regarding solar and industrial technical issues. Specialties: Utility Scale Solar Farm Projects Distributed Utility Pre-Construction Development CAISO Interconnection Application Review
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