Community Microgrid deployments currently face a number of policy barriers. The Clean Coalition is working to further policies that will optimize the significant economic, environmental, and resilience benefits of Community Microgrids, to truly unleash these important clean energy deployments.
Santa Barbara Community Microgrid policy activity
The Clean Coalition is leading the effort to design and stage Community Microgrids in the Goleta Load Pocket (GLP), a 70-mile stretch of California coastline, from Point Conception to Lake Casitas, encompassing the cities of Goleta, Santa Barbara (including Montecito), and Carpinteria. Because the GLP is a highly transmission-vulnerable, disaster-prone region, the GLP Community Microgrid is being designed to deliver an unparalleled trifecta of economic, environmental, and resilience benefits to the area.
To move this effort forward, the Clean Coalition submitted the following:
Proposed amended definition of utility-scale solar in Santa Barbara (PDF)
Currently, Santa Barbara County defines utility-scale solar in a manner that preempts front-of-meter (FOM) solar on built environments and drastically limits the opportunity to deploy commercial-scale solar throughout the County. To fix the issue, the following details are provided in this document:
- Existing definition of utility-scale solar.
- Amended definition of utility-scale solar.
- Both instances where the definition appears in Santa Barbara County code.
- Direct Relief case study illuminating the critical importance of amending the definition.
Santa Barbara County Strategic Energy Plan comment letter (PDF)
The Clean Coalition fully supports the ambitious renewable energy goals set by the Board and the cities of Goleta and Carpinteria. Achieving 100% renewable procurement (in Goleta) and reducing the County emissions levels by 50% of 1990 levels by 2030 will certainly require taking multiple large and progressive steps in a very short period of time.
We applaud the comprehensive Strategic Energy Plan (SEP) as a first step towards securing Santa Barbara’s clean energy future. The Clean Coalition advocates that the board approve the SEP, emphasizing a few key directives so that staff may ensure timely and effective implementation of Phase One and Phase Two recommended actions. Amending, approving, and implementing the Year One and Year Two action plans as soon as possible is essential to catalyze renewable energy development within the Goleta Load Pocket.