Articles Tagged With ‘Carrizo Plain’

Carrizo Plain fire grows to more than 700 acres but 100% contained

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A fire or fires that broke out on the Carrizo Plain in eastern San Luis Obispo County Tuesday evening burned a total of 703 acres before firefighters achieved full containment.  Initially, a pair of fires started at... (Continue reading)

Carrizo Plain fire burns 225 acres

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A fire burned about 225 acres on the Carrizo Plain in eastern San Luis Obispo County Tuesday evening. Firefighters have achieved 30% containment. Initially, a pair of fires broke out at about 5:35 p.m. near the 9700... (Continue reading)

Carrizo Plain likely to remain national monument

The Carrizo Plain will remain a national monument if President Donald Trump follows the advice of his interior secretary. In April, Trump issued an executive order calling for a review of 27 national monuments, prompting concerns about the potential loosening... (Continue reading)

Grass fire at Topaz Solar Farm

A grass fire at the Topaz Solar Farm in San Luis Obispo County burned three acres on Wednesday afternoon, according to Cal Fire. Shortly after 2:30 p.m., Cal Fire responded to reports of a one acre grass fire that was... (Continue reading)

World’s largest solar farm operating in California Valley

Eastern San Luis Obispo County is now home to the world’s largest solar farm. [Green Tech] The 550-megawatt Topaz Solar Farm located in California Valley became fully operational late last month, and workers are expected to install the finishing touches... (Continue reading)

California Valley solar plant producing power

The California Valley Solar Ranch is now operational and delivering enough electricity to power 100,000 homes annually. [Tribune] The Solar Ranch is one of two photovoltaic plants on the Carrizo Plain. The Topaz Solar Farm, the larger of the two... (Continue reading)

Valley fever outbreak strikes solar power plant workers

Valley fever has struck 28 workers at two solar power construction sites in San Luis Obispo County. [LATimes] Staff from the California Department of Public Health, investigators from the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health and San Luis Obispo... (Continue reading)

SunPower agrees to cease operations after 50 years

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... (Continue reading)

First Solar agrees to cease operations after 35 years

Under an agreement with a group of litigants battling against a Carrizo Plain proposed solar plant, Topaz Solar farm will close down after 35 years of operation, First Solar and two local activist groups announced. [Tribune] The 550-megawatt proposed First... (Continue reading)

County approves Carrizo Plain solar project

San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously on Tuesday to approve a 250-megawatt solar project on the Carrizo Plain. After the Planning Commission approved SunPower’s project in February, a resident and three environmental groups appealed the decision. The... (Continue reading)