Imperial is one of five counties receiving funding for renewable energy planning, the California Energy Commission announced.
Imperial County will use the awarded $700,000 to update and amend the geothermal/alternative energy element of its general plan, according to the press release. The project calls for revising ordinances, maps and other required environmental documents involved.
Inyo, San Bernardino, San Luis Obispo, and Los Angeles are there other counties receiving funding.
These funds come from Assembly Bill X1 13, which made available $7 million in grants for counties to develop or update planning documents for the development and permitting of renewable energy projects.
Funding will also help counties coordinate with the so-called Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan and address renewable energy and conservation goals within their planning processes.
All the grantees will have two years to complete their proposed work.
Funds will be paid to the grantees after submitted invoices are reviewed and approved.