Solano County Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS) Ordinance Development

Welcome to the Solano County Planning Division's dedicated page for the development of zoning regulations pertaining to siting, permitting and development standards regulating Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS) in the unincorporated areas of Solano County.

Battery energy storage systems (BESS) are advanced technologies that store energy for later use, improving grid reliability and integrating renewable energy sources like solar and wind. Their benefits include enhanced energy security, reduced peak demand, and lower greenhouse gas emissions. However, risks associated with BESS include potential fire hazards, impacts to agricultural land, the environmental impact of battery disposal and decommissioning.

On January 23, 2024, Solano County enacted a two-year moratorium on the approval of front-of-the-meter battery energy storage systems to allow planning staff time to develop land use standards that ensure public safety, health, and welfare. The Planning Services Division is engaging stakeholders and the general public for input and guidance in this process. Please attend an upcoming Public Workshop or submit comments or questions to [email protected].

About the Technical Working Group
The Technical Working Group consisting of stakeholders from various sectors, meets monthly to advise on the ordinance development.

TWG Members:
•  Priscilla Yeaney: Solano County Assistant Agriculture Commissioner
•  Michael O’Connor: Fire Chief Representative
•  Robyn Rains: Solano County Emergency Services Manager
•  Scott Murtishaw: California Energy Storage Alliance Executive Director
•  Sarah Dunn: Community Member
•  Andrew Dye: Solano County Environmental Health, Hazardous Materials

battery energey storage systems BESS workshop June 18 from 6 to 8 pm

Public Meeting
We invite you to join our upcoming public meeting to discuss the new BESS ordinance, share your questions, concerns, and feedback.

Dates & Times:
•  July 18, 2024: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

County Administration Center, Board Chambers
675 Texas St, Fairfield, 95433

Why Attend?
•  Learn about the ordinance development process
•  Engage with experts on key focus areas such as fire safety, agricultural impacts, community
    benefits, and recycling
•  Provide your input to help shape the future of BESS in Solano County

Key Focus Areas
1.  Siting and Land Use
2.  Fire Safety Standards
3.  Agricultural Impact Mitigation
4.  Community Benefits
5.  Decommissioning and Recycling

Contact Us
For more information and updates, contact [email protected] or call (707) 784-6765.

Stay Informed
Click to join our email list and receive updates on the BESS ordinance development process.

Join the Conversation
Your input is vital to the success of this initiative. Attend our public workshops and stay engaged to help us create a safer, more sustainable energy future for Solano County.