Appeals lodged against Carrizo Plain solar plant

March 14, 2011

Four appeals have been lodged against the San Luis Obispo County Planning Commission’s approval of SunPower’s proposal to construct a 250-megawatt solar plant on the Carrizo Plain. [Tribune]

Opponents of the project want the Carrizo Plain protected as a habitat for the giant kangaroo rat and other endangered or rare animals. Engineers have redesigned the project several times to avoid disrupting areas heavily populated by the rats.

The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to hear appeals by the Sierra Club, Canyons and Streams Alliance, Carizzo Plain resident Michael Strobridge and a joint appeal by Defenders of Wildlife, Center for Biological Diversity and North County Watch on April 19.

Proponents contend the solar plant will provide alternative energy for 100,000 homes as well as jobs for 250 workers during the projects construction.


10 Comments

  1. mkaney says:

    Yes, there are some confused environmentalists out there. But if you allow yourself to misunderstand the message, you don’t look to bright yourself. The point is not to build MORE power plants, the point is that we need to stop acting like giant PIGS consuming everything we possibly can. Frankly, that’s what most of us have become. Think about the amount of energy you use on a daily basis, and how self-defeating that is. We drive cars everywhere, spend half our time in front of the TV, everything is done for us by our appliances.. and for WHAT? So we have an extra 4-6 hours a day to get fatter watching more TV, drive more places, or work more? The problem with our consumption is that it’s become consumption for the SAKE of consumption, and it is not adding any value to our lives.

    Don’t be stupid and self-serving. This cannot last forever, and frankly, that’s a good thing. We don’t need the “answer” to our energy needs, we need to stop using so much energy and stop acting like self-important spoiled little earth children.

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    • mkaney says:

      Another thing…. using more of our internal energy rather than constantly just burning more fuel would also probably solve our obesity issue and help reduce our healthcare costs.

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    • Mythbuster says:

      How do you propose that is going to happen? People will voluntarily stop using energy? People will voluntarily diet? Well, maybe if you can work this into a reality TV show…

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    • zaphod says:

      The End of Growth

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    • amusselm says:

      You know, your point might might be much more convincing if you didn’t use an evil electricity using computer to post it over an evil electricity consuming network to an evil electricity consuming server.

      -Signed,
      A guy who doesn’t own a car, use a dishwasher or watch TV.

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    • undertow says:

      Not to attack you personally but if you own a car, have kids, a home with electricity your as much the problem as the rest of us 7 Billion earthlings. As long as people have money they will by things, as long as we buy things and live our we’ll use energy like pigs as you put it, end of story,people aren’t gonna change much and for every kilowatt they conserve another 3 kids are born that will use what was saved and then some. Also factor in what once was a population living in third world countries on dirt floors they now also thru liberation and democracy want what industrialized nations have, cars, lights, heated and cooled homes etc. Somewhere compromises are gonna have to be made, either accept Nukes, ugly power plants, wind plants ,coal, Oil, whatever, the demand for more isn’t going away anytime soon.

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    • undertow says:

      Not to attack you personally but if you own a car, have kids, a home with electricity your as much the problem as the rest of us 7 Billion earthlings. As long as people have money they will by things, as long as we buy things and live our lives as we do we’ll use energy like pigs as you put it. People aren’t gonna change much and for every kilowatt they conserve another 3 kids are born that will use what was saved and then some. Factor in what once was a population living in third world countries on dirt floors, they now also through democracy and free trade want what industrialized nations have, cars, lights, heated and cooled homes etc. Somewhere compromises are gonna have to be made, either accept Nukes, ugly power plants, wind plants ,coal, Oil, whatever, the demand for more isn’t going away anytime soon.

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  2. easymoney says:

    This mentality is exactly why we have had no new energy plants, oil productions facilities or hydro electric power plants built in CA, to serve the 37 million and growing population. The same is happening when water is brought up.
    Everyone wants the modern conveniences yet does not want the required energy development it requires, especially the environmentally outspoken…

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  3. fat chance says:

    The same people that want all this green energy are always the ones that sue when somebody tries to create some. These people make me sick.
    This is nothing compared to the anti nukes that are going to come out of the wood work after all the problems in Japan.

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    • undertow says:

      It is a bit questionable as literally every type of green energy has been shot down by environmentalist. Wind towers make to much noise and kill birds, No Nukes, Solar installations are to unsightly, Oil and Coal are the work of Satan, whats left, Personal Biogas generators and heaps of bean burritos, who’s got the answer to our energy needs?

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