Here comes the sun
February 25, 2011
A fifth commissioner, Dan O’Grady, whose district includes the Carrizo Plain, was too ill to attend the meeting, but sent along a letter urging his colleagues to vote for the project.
SunPower spokesperson Ingrid Ekstrom said she was pleased with the vote and looks forward to the project, which is expected to provide energy for up to 100,000 homes, finally moving forward. Ekstrom said the solar plant will lead to the creation of more than 350 jobs and an estimated $315 million in direct and indirect expenditures, and about $10 million in sales and property taxes.
A second solar plant, being pushed by First Solar, is expected to come before the planning commission at the end of next month.
The planning commission decision is subject to appeal and final approval by the county Board of Supervisors.