SunPower agrees to cease operations after 50 years
November 2, 2011
SunPower Corp. settled a dispute with a group of litigants battling against its San Luis Obispo County solar project by agreeing to close the plant down after 50 years of operation.
The 250-megawatt proposed California Valley Solar Ranch plant will be decommissioned and the area restored to its natural state as part of the lawsuit settlement, SunPower said today in a statement.
The litigants, North County Watch and Carrizo Commons, had argued that the facility would have negative impacts on the area’s aesthetics, air quality, biological resources, noise, traffic, greenhouse gas emissions and agricultural resources.
In September, the Energy Department finalized a $1.24 billion loan guarantee to the SunPower Corp. to help finance construction of the California Valley Solar Ranch. Shortly after the loan guarantee closed on Sept. 30, SunPower sold the project to NRG Energy Inc.