UCLA and UC Berkeley schools of law issue policy recommendations for increasing the pace of solar development in California

November 14, 2018

Following the passage of SB 100, a California bill that directs the state to obtain 100 percent of its electricity from clean sources by 2045, UCLA School of Law’s Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and the UC Berkeley School of Law’s Center for Law, Energy & the Environment (CLEE) released a report titled A New Solar Landscape: Improving County-Level Landscape Planning for Utility-Scale Solar PV Facilities. The report identifies policy solutions that the state of California could enact to increase the pace of utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) development. Recommendations from the report are intended to be used by city and county governments to collaborate and identify possible locations for solar photovoltaic (PV) facilities, taking into account the impact on local ecosystems and communities.

The report was informed by two stakeholder meetings convened by the UCLA and UC Berkeley schools of law and was sponsored by Bank of America. Ethan N. Elkind, who directs the Climate Change and Business program and is jointly appointed at UCLA and UC Berkeley schools of law, and Ted Lamm, Research Fellow at CLEE, are authors of the report. If enacted, the reforms outlined in the report may aid in achieving Sustainable LA Grand Challenge’s goal of transitioning Los Angeles County to 100 percent renewable energy by 2050.

 

Read more about the report at Legal Planet.