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.