Renewable Energy – Environmental Issues and Local Jurisdiction Initiatives

  • Wednesday, May 22, 2013
  • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Padre Hotel, 1702 18th St, Bakersfield, CA


Registration is closed

With the State of California mandate that 33 percent of electricity be generated from renewables by 2020, new applications for solar development are arriving in planning departments in record number throughout the San Joaquin Valley.


Kern County’s natural resources, streamlined county process, and commitment of the Board of Supervisors to both environmental protection and growth in the energy sector, has resulted in Kern County as a center of renewable energy production in California. Kern County’s Planning and Community Development Director, Lorelei H. Oviatt will discuss Kern County’s unique practices and policies that have facilitated large scale renewable energy projects while ensuring environmental compatibility.


Al Solis, AICP will discuss the challenges faced in solar land acquisitions and permitting. He will also discuss environmental challenges in solar development, such as protecting endangered species, as well as the sensitive issue of developing solar facilities on agriculture land.


Speakers: Lorelei H. Oviatt, AICP, Director – Kern County Planning and Community Development and Al Solis, AICP, Principal Sol Development Group


A South of the Border Dinner Buffet will be served.


Date: Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Time: 5:30 PM – Networking, 6:00-7:30 PM - Program and Dinner

Location: Padre Hotel in Bakersfield

Cost: Free for members, $25 for non-members, $5 for student non-members.


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