Renewable Resource Potential Study


Contra Costa County, through a grant from the California Strategic Growth Council, is conducting a study of the potential in the County for renewable energy, particularly wind, solar, biomass, and biogas.  

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The Renewable Resource Potential Study will assess opportunities for solar, wind, biomass, and biogas resources in the unincorporated County and on facilities owned or leased by the County. It will identify changes to County zoning ordinances that would be helpful to accommodate deployment of renewable resources while prioritizing the highest and best use of land, particularly areas that are used for agriculture or parks, or identified as habitat conservation areas.

Community Input

We have hosted several stakeholder meetings for this project. 

Preliminary Draft Report
On October 26, the Preliminary Draft Report was made available for public review.  We will discuss the Preliminary Draft Report at Stakeholder Meeting #4 on October 29.  We will accept written comments on the Preliminary Draft Report until 5 p.m. on Monday, November 12.  Please send written comments to

DRAFT Contra Costa County Renewable Resource Assessment October 25, 2018 (PDF)

Stakeholder Meeting #4
Monday, October 29, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
2500 Bates Ave, Suite B - Yellowstone Room, Concord, CA 94520

Stakeholder Meeting #3
Thursday, September 27, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
50 Douglas Drive, Martinez

Stakeholder Meeting #3 Notes (PDF)
Presentation (PDF)

Stakeholder Meeting #2
Wednesday, July 25, 1:00 - 2:30
50 Douglas Drive, Martinez

This meeting provided an overview of the initial findings on resource potential and considerations for zoning.

Stakeholder Meeting #2 Notes (PDF)
Presentation (PDF)

Stakeholder Meeting #1
Thursday, May 24, 10:30 – 12:00
651 Pine Street, Room 101, Martinez

This meeting allowed stakeholders to provide input on the methodology we will use to assess renewable energy opportunities.

Stakeholder Meeting #1 Notes (PDF)
Final Methodology (PDF)

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