The proximity of LADWPâ€™s proposed Southern Owens Valley Solar Ranch to Manzanar National Historic Site â€“ essentially across the highway â€“ is one of many concerns highlighted in recent weeks by project opponents. LADWP says the project will be far enough away from Manzanar to not create a visual impact. Photo by John Wilson
Comments for, against or straddling the fence in response to the proposed 1,200-acre solar ranch south of Independence must be submitted to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power no later than 5 p.m. tomorrow, Friday, Dec. 20.
Input on the controversial project is being sought as part of the state-mandated public review period that followed LADWPâ€™s Aug. 30 publication of a Draft Environmental Impact Report for its proposal.
The ultimate conclusion reached by the Draft EIR â€“ which analyzed areas ranging from aesthetics and air quality to biological, cultural, geological and mineral resources to water quality, housing, recreation and public services â€“ was that LADWPâ€™s proposal â€śwould not result in significant unavoidable adverse impacts.â€ť
LADWPâ€™s plan calls for a 200 megawatt facility: 1-2 million ground-mounted photovoltaic panels, a 600 by 500-foot (300,000 square-foot) substation built on seven acres and a 3,000 square-foot, single-story maintenance building. The entire 1,200 acres would be cleared of vegetation and graded; access roads would be built; and fencing and nighttime outdoor lighting would be erected.
Read more in the Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013 edition of The Inyo Register.