Groups sue to stop SunPower plant in California Valley
June 2, 2011
Two conservation groups and a San Luis Obispo County resident have sued to stop construction of a SunPower Corp solar power plant, saying the project would harm the rural area’s wildlife, air quality and natural beauty. [Reuters]
On May 20, Carrizo Commons, North County Watch and local farmer and auto repair shop owner Michael Strobridge filed the lawsuit in a California state court.
The plaintiffs contend county officials did not adequately analyze the 250-megawatt California Valley Solar Ranch’s impact on the area’s aesthetics, air quality, biological resources, noise, traffic, greenhouse gas emissions and agricultural resources before approving the project in February.
The plaintiffs want the county to resend its approval of the California Valley Solar Ranch.
Another, larger, solar project is also planned for the same area. First Solar Inc’s (FSLR.O) 550 MW Topaz Solar Farm won approval from the county’s planning commission last month. Three appeals to that approval have already been filed by Strobridge, landowner Jody Stegman, and a group of conservation groups including North County Watch, Carrizo Commons, the Center for Biological Diversity and Defenders of Wildlife, Reuters said.
On July 12, the Board of Supervisors will consider those appeals.