What is your Household Carbon Footprint?  

Jobs in the renewable energy industry will be in greater demand as the industry grows - see the Bureau of Labor Statistics report on Careers in Solar Power

Local opportunities for renewable energy career training:

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DISCLAIMER

Energy Reduction

In November 2012, the Inyo County Board of Supervisors approved a Cost, Energy, and Service Efficiencies, Action Plan that was developed to guide energy reduction at County facilities. To view a copy:  Cost, Energy, and Service Efficiencies, Action Plan

The County is also working on Energy Reduction policies for the General Plan as part of the update. If you have ideas or suggestions you can follow the General Plan update process at: http://inyoplanning.org/GPandZoningUpdates.htm

   What can you do at home to save energy?

Evaluate: Where and how is your home leaking energy?

Incentives: Ways to help you pay.

Upgrade to Energy Efficient Applicances: look for the Energy Star.

There are 2 financial institutions that include Inyo County in their service territory that also have loan programs for both energy reduction projects and small scale renewable energy development:

There are also other institutions and groups that offer financial assistance for home energy reduction projects including:

 

 

    Renewable Energy

Renewable energy is energy that comes from a natural resource such as wind, rain, tides, waves, geothermal activity and sunlight. There has been a recent, renewed, interest in the development of renewable energy over the past several years. This interest has stemmed from various reasons including the decreasing levels of oil availability and the dependence on foriegn countries for oil, to an interest in lowering greenhouse gasses and concerns about global warming.

Inyo County promotes the development of small-scale solar projects and has taken actions to make small-scale roof-top and ground mounted development as easy as possible.

Residential and Commercial Solar - The following links are intended to help  individuals who wish to generate onsite, private use, solar energy.

What to expect, permitting and inspections

Private, small scale, Photovoltaic systems are allowed in all County Zoning Districts.

If you have additional questions about the process contact the Building and Safety Department at the Independence Office: 760-878-0213 or the Bishop Office: 760-873-7857

  • Inyo County Building Permit This permit must be turned in to the Public Works/Building and Safety Department.
  • Fee Schedule If you have addtional questions about potential fees please contact the Building and Safety Department at the Independence Office: 760-878-0213 or the Bishop Office: 760-873-7857

Both power companies that serve electricity in Inyo County have Residential and Commercial solar incentive programs:

How to pay for it?

There are 2 financial institutions that include Inyo County in their service territory that also have loan programs for both energy reduction projects and small scale renewable energy development:

There are also other institutions and groups that offer financial assistance for home renewable energy projects including:

Inyo County also participated in the Southwest Solar Transformation Initiative (SSTI). The SSTI is part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Rooftop Solar Challenge and received funding to help “streamline and standardize permitting, zoning, metering and connection processes – and improve finance options for residential and commercial rooftop solar systems.” The idea behind the SSTI work is to get as much solar energy generation as possible on already built areas.

Increasing the amount of energy produced on rooftops and already built on properties can decrease the need for huge solar projects that take up acres of land.

For more information about the SSTI as well as addtional resources for private Solar Development.

 

 
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