Articles Tagged With ‘Solar Energy’

Groups sue to stop SunPower plant in California Valley

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,... (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)

Appeals lodged against Carrizo Plain solar plant

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... (Continue reading)

Here comes the sun

The San Luis Obispo County Planning Commission voted 4-0 on Thursday to approve the proposed 250-megawatt SunPower solar power plant on the Carrizo Plain. A fifth commissioner, Dan O’Grady, whose district includes the Carrizo Plain, was too ill to attend... (Continue reading)

Solar energy plant granted approval

California regulators gave final approval for construction of the first large-scale solar energy plant to be approved in two decades. [NewYorkTimes] After more than two-years of environmental review, the California Energy Commission approved the 250-megawatt Beacon Solar Energy Project planned... (Continue reading)

PG&E spending millions on Prop 16

Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) has already spent $15.5 million of its own money supporting Proposition 16 on the June ballot–and the utility may just spend another $10-$20 million before the election. [Capitol Weekly] Prop 16, which PG&E is pushing,... (Continue reading)

The PG&E – Israeli Connection

Protesters in the Bay Area have recently mounted a guerrilla campaign to draw attention  to the relationship between Pacific Gas and Electric, and the Israeli company Solel. PG&E signed a 25-year contract with Solel to develop the Mojave Solar Park... (Continue reading)

Was Sarah Christie right?

County planning commissioner Sarah Christie was forced to step down last December, primarily because the supervisor who originally appointed her–5th District representative Jim Patterson–felt that he and Christie had a basic philosophical disagreement on key policy issues. According to one local... (Continue reading)

Meet the “Million dollar tortoises”

A northern California energy company will pay $25 million to relocate 25 threatened desert tortoises who live on the site of a proposed massive  solar power plant in rural San Bernadino County. The move by Oakland-based BrightSource Energy, as reported... (Continue reading)