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Possible impacts from solar ranch still a sticking point

September 27, 2013

An array of polycrystalline photovoltaic (solar) panels similar to the 1-2 million crystalline PV panels LADWP proposes installing east of Manzanar National Historic Site. One resident on Wednesday asked if the bases could at least be painted beige to blend in with the landscape. Photo courtesy Reve: Wind Energy and Electric Vehicle Review

Residents wanting to go on record with comments in response to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s proposed Southern Owens Valley Solar Ranch now have until Nov. 2 to do so.
The public comment period for LADWP’s Draft Environment Impact Report has been extended from 45 days to 60 total and, in addition to two recent meetings held in the Owens Valley, may also include a hearing in Los Angeles to gather the input of stakeholders there – specifically, members of the Japanese American community with close ties to Manzanar National Historic Site.
Manzanar, and the project’s close proximity to the site, were mentioned frequently at Wednesday’s public meeting in Bishop – the gist of which, from LADWP at least, was that the utility is under pressure from the state to convert to greener energy and has found what it believes to be the most beneficial site for a solar ranch with the least amount of impacts.
(Read more in the Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013 edition of The Inyo Register.)

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