Meetings continue with over 80 people from a variety of state and county government departments as well as several private solar companies/consultants, solar industy representatives, CA Farm Bureau, CalFire, CSAC and environmental associations. 

The Problem:  In a survey of CCPDA members, it was clear that there were a variety of strategies being used by counties that were creating confusion across county lines for the solar industry about the process, Agricultural land conversion/Williamson Act compatibility issues, general requirements and fees involved when applying for permits for the installation of Solar Energy Facilities (SEF).  As a result, CCPDA Board member and

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 put together a variety of County Planning staff, CSAC staff, State agencies (OPR, Energy Commission, CalFire, etc.), Solar Consultants, Solar Industry Representatives and many others to work on writing the CCPDA Model SEF Ordinance for CA. 

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Progress to Date:

February 03, 2012 - Project Completed and Approved Unanimously by CCPDA Members at Annual Conference.  View All Documents

January 2012...progress report

December 09, 2011:  Meeting Information

November 2011:  The project has split into two parts - Part 1, the Model SEF Streamlining Ordinance has been completed by the Working Group and is scheduled for review with the CCPDA Members on November 10, 2011.  Part 2, the SEF Guidance Document is being re-drafted by a subcommittee that is meeting on November 09, 2011.  The next Working Group meeting is December 09, 2011 in Sacramento...California Energy Commission, 1516 Ninth Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

 October 21, 2011 - Next Meeting...click here for meeting info- Work shifts to our effort to write and review a new Model Solar Energy Facility Streamlining Ordinance Guidance Document...check it out...

September 16, 2011 Meeting...click here for meeting info

August 03, 2011 - At this meeting, Model SEF Ordinance Working Group will review DRAFT #2-1 of the Model SEF Ordinance.  This information and the Meeting Agenda was posted on July 30th...CLICK HERE TO VIEW MEETING INFO

July 20, 2011 - The CCPDA Model SEF Ordinance Working Group met and finalized the SEF Table of Tiers/Sub-tiers.  By using this document, several of the Working Group members will revise the first draft of the Model SEF Ordinance and present Draft #2 at the next meeting - Agenda/Tiers Table/WebEx Info 

July 15, 2011 - The CCPDA Model SEF Ordinance Working Group met and reviewed a DRAFT SEF Table of sub-tiers.  This information will be posted on Monday afternoon...please check back.  This then will be reviewed at the next meeting.

July 06, 2011 - The CCPDA Model SEF Ordinance Working Group was held at the CSAC office, 11th and K St, Sacramento at 1:30 pm at the first floor meeting room.  The Group spent two hours reviewing the First Draft Model Ordinance.  They made it through Tier 2.  MEETING INFO | 07-06-2011 FIRST DRAFT Model SEF Ordinance

June 27, 2011 - The third meeting of the CCPDA Model SEF Ordinance Subcommittee was held with 12 members.  The group completed work on the first DRAFT of the Model Ordinance.

June 20, 2011 - The second meeting of the CCPDA Model SEF Ordinance Subcommittee was held with 14 members.  The group continued work and completed 2/3 of the Draft Model. 

June 13, 2011 - The first meeting of the CCPDA Model SEF Ordinance Subcommittee was held with 15 members.  The group reviewed the first draft that was developed incorporating the input from the previous two meetings of the full group.  The Subcommittee reviewed and made changes to 1/4th of the document.  The next meeting of the subcommittee is June 20th.  The goal is to finalize this First Draft by June 27th.  At the point in time when the document is given to the full Working Group, it will be posted on this website...please check back...

June 02, 2011 - Second Working Group Meeting (about 45 people attended in person and via conference call/WebEx).  Work was done to complete the review of the 31 issues and strategies to address each issue that were raised on May 19th.  As a follow up, a subcommittee of 15 members was created and tasked with developing a First Draft of the Model SEF Ordinance to be brought back for review by the full group.  Once the full group reviews/comments and finalizes their input, the Final Draft will be brought forward the CCPDA Executive Committee for review and final approval and posting on this website for use by all counties.

May 19, 2011 - First Working Group Meeting (about 35 people attended in person and via conference call/WebEx).  Work was done to complete the identification of issues relative to the permitting of SEF in CA.  Work was also done to begin addressing the 31 issues.