Developing Solar Power on Agricultural Lands

Aug 22, 2014

Parking lots, such as this one at Analy High School in Sebastopol, are some of the most readily available sites for photovoltaic electricity generation across Sonoma Courty.
Credit West County Union High School District

  Sonoma County has opened the door  for the construction of  new solar arrays that could feed Sonoma Clean Power, on agricultural lands and elsewhere. But local environmentalists are keeping a wary eye on where those developments might be located.

  Sonoma Clean Power’s new PRO-Fit program is open to 14 kinds of renewable energy generation projects, including biomass, tidal current, geothermal and small hydroelectric. But for now, says COE Geof Syphers, most proposals are expected to be solar installations.

Sonoma County Conservation Action’s Denny Rosatti has a suggestion for one promising location.

  Meanwhile, says Syphers, homeowners are taking advantage of Sonoma Clean Power’s purchasing potential to install larger residential solar systems.