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Industrial Solar Action Alert

 

Tell Alameda County to promote solar developments in urban areas on rooftops, parking lots and other developed lands instead of allowing or encouraging industrial energy facilities on rural land or wildlife habitat

Learn more about this issue on our Industrial Solar Development page

Send an e-mail to:
Supervisor Scott Haggerty: district1@acgov.org
Supervisor Richard Valle: dist2@acgov.org
Supervisor Wilma Chan: dist3@acgov.org
Supervisor Nate Miley: BOSdist4@acgov.org
Supervisor Keith Carson: dist5@acgov.org
Assistant Planning Director Liz McElligott: elizabeth.mcelligott@acgov.org

Or write a letter to:
Alameda County Board of Supervisors
County of Alameda Administration Building
1221 Oak Street #536
Oakland, CA 94612

Liz McElligott
Assistant Planning Director
Alameda County Planning Department
399 Elmhurst Street
Hayward, CA 94544

Sample letter:

I urge you to ensure that Alameda County policies regarding the development of solar energy facilities promote solar developments in urban areas on rooftops, parking lots and other developed lands, instead of allowing or encouraging industrial energy facilities on rural land or wildlife habitat.

Alameda County contains a treasure of open space lands rich with natural resources for agriculture, biological habitat, scenic views and cultural heritage. Alameda County voters made a commitment to protect open space and agricultural land by approving Measure D. Agriculturalists, ranchers, environmentalists, and the general public want to protect open space lands from “excessive, badly-located and harmful development.”

Any amendments to the County General Plan for development of solar energy facilities should encourage and incentivize solar development in urban areas and prohibit industrial solar development in open space or wildlife habitat. Amendments should not conflict with Measure D or the East County Area Plan. The proper level of environmental review must be conducted for proposed large-scale solar facilities.

Please implement a sensible solar energy development policy that prioritizes rooftop and parking lot solar in urban areas over rural industrial development. Alameda County can sustainably create green jobs and green energy on existing infrastructure, without destroying or degrading wildlife habitat and agricultural lands.