San Bernardino Solar Moratorium

What you need to know…

On July 24, 2013 the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors voted to extend a moratorium new solar development for an additional ten months to give the county time to develop its overall solar development policy. If you live in San Bernardino County and are wondering how the solar moratorium affects your plans to go solar, here’s the skinny:

According to KCET in a story posted on July 25, 2013:

“The moratorium applies only to commercial-scale solar power facilities: small-scale rooftop, carport, and similar solar installations aren’t affected, nor are large public lands projects already under construction. The moratorium also applies only to the county’s unincorporated areas, as individual cities and towns set their own development and zoning policies.”

In other words, if you live in a city within San Bernardino County you will not be affected by the solar moratorium, nor will you be affected if you are a residential solar customer or small commercial solar customer in an unincorporated area.

Why did San Bernardino County elect to extend the solar moratorium? In an interview with the Press Enterprise by Imran Ghori, County Planning Director Terri Rahhal said the temporary solar ban was necessary to deal with the flood of commercial solar project applications the county has seen in recent years. “The current county regulations on solar energy projects have proven to be inadequate to address the land-use compatibility issues that have come up,” Rahhal was quoted as saying.

Additionally, the Press Enterprise quotes Supervisor James Ramos as saying, “The solar industry is coming. It is here. We just have to put the parameters out there so it can move forward.”

So if you’re a homeowner or business owner in an unincorporated area, the San Bernardino  solar moratorium will not effect you. It will only affect large scale projects until the county completes its recommendations for large scale solar development moving forward.

To get more information on residential or commercial solar systems or learn more about San Bernardino solar, contact Helio Energy Solutions at 1-877-652-7888 or visit us online.