Public Invited to Participate in Strategic Energy Plan Workshops

Local stakeholders are invited to participate in discussions on maximizing local economic and other benefits of clean energy development. The County of Santa Barbara, in collaboration with the cities of Carpinteria and Goleta, has been developing a Strategic Energy Plan that aims to identify areas throughout the county that may be well-suited to renewable energy development. 

The County and cities are hosting two workshops in Buellton and Santa Maria seeking input on two focus areas: agricultural land and landholder or investor. Agricultural stakeholders will focus on options for siting renewable energy projects on underutilized agricultural land, and adding on-site energy and resiliency for packaging and processing facilities. The workshop is scheduled from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 4 at the Buellton Recreation Center, 301 2nd Street. Space is limited. To RSVP for the agricultural stakeholder workshop, please go to

The second workshop for landholders, and finance and investment partners is to seek input to help identify strategies to develop local clean, reliable and resilient energy. It will also focus on tax incentives for investment in designated Opportunity Zones. Scheduled from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Friday, April 5, this workshop is being held at the Santa Maria Business Development Center, 731 S Lincoln Street. Space is limited. To RSVP to the Opportunity Zone workshop, please go to  

Please direct questions or comments to Marisa Hanson-Lopez, Sr. Program Specialist, Community Services Department, at or call (805) 568-3530.


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