Renewable Energy

Renewable Energy issues are critical to our quality of life in the Morongo Basin. MBCA is supportive of California's renewable energy goals, but also concerned about some of the Mojave desert areas designated for renewable energy development.  We also want to keep you informed about the development of local commercial solar projects. 


View of Joshua Tree's Cascade Solar (Sunfair area) from the Park, south of Panorama Heights.


Dust storm near Cascade Solar as seen from Highway 62


On the local level, MBCA encourages residents to consider home/rooftop solar (see our list of Morongo Basin solar contractors).


  • County RE Element Final Draft

    Here is a message from the County about the latest status of the Renewable Energy and Conservation Element of the County's General Plan.  For more background, you can click the links in this November 2016 News Update from MBCA.

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    April 25, 2017
    April 2017 Final Public Hearing Draft Renewable Energy and Conservation Element Now Available for Public Review!
    The Final Public Hearing Draft Renewable Energy and Conservation Element (REC Element) has been revised following the Planning Commission Public Hearing held November 3, 2016 and is now available for public review. The Board of Supervisors’ upcoming public hearing has not yet been scheduled, but the date will be posted on the Land Use Services Renewable Energy website and email notices sent out once scheduled.
    The April 2017 Final Public Hearing Draft REC Element tracks the changes made to the November 2016 Draft and may be viewed via the following link:
    Comments and/or questions may be sent directly to .
    Linda Mawby
    Senior Planner Land Use Services Department
    Phone: 909-387-4002 Fax: 909-387-3223
    385 North Arrowhead Avenue, First Floor
    San Bernardino, CA 92415-0187


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  • New Comment on California's Renewable Energy Planning

    MBCA continues to keep an eye on California's Renewable Energy planning process.  In this letter crafted by our Board member Pat Flanagan, MBCA comments on concerns with the current planning process that, among other things, overlooks the extent of dust pollution created by excessive large-scale renewable energy projects. 
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  • MBCA sends Comment Letter on Eagle Crest Transmission Line Environmental Assessment (EA)

    MBCA, as part of a coalition of 7 other organizations and scientists, has sent a detailed Environmental Assessment Comment Letter to the BLM State Director Jerome Perez opposing the Eagle Crest Pumped Storage project and requesting a full Environmental Impact Study (EIS) instead of the planned and less comprehensive Environmental Assessment (EA) on the Transmission Line. It provides a thorough and detailed record of all the stages of insufficient analysis that have been completed for this project.  

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  • County Renewable Energy and Conservation Element

    The San Bernardino County Planning Commission will receive information from staff about the Renewable Energy and Conservation Element (RECE) on Thursday, November 3, 9:00 AM.
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  • REPORT on Desert-Wise Lecture Fall 2016

    Moving Toward Community-Based Renewable Energy
    On September 24, MBCA hosted a Desert-Wise Living Program focused on intersecting issues of water and energy and the need for community-level renewable energy solutions.
    PDF viewable versions of the presenters' Powerpoint slides are available:
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  • Palen Photovoltaic Solar Project

    Federal and State Level - Palen Photovoltaic Solar Project  

    The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced in June 2016 that it is proposing a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the rejuvenated 500 MW Paln Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Project on 4200 acres of undisturbed desert ecosystem land east of Desert Center adjacent to the I-10 freeway. 

    MBCA sent a comment letter on September 3, 2016, focusing on dust pollution as a major problem for this project.   You can read MBCA's detailed 3-page letter about the Palen project or a shorter one-page summary of the issues that concern us about this project. 

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  • A Desert Victory: Soda Mountain Solar

    Federal and State Level Deny Soda Mountain Solar Certification


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