Fresh on the heels of its letter-writing campaign, the Manzanar Committee launched an online campaign Friday encouraging residents to sign a petition calling on the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power to halt its proposed Southern Owens Valley Solar Ranch project.
The 200-megawatt solar energy generating facility would consist of about 2 million solar photovoltaic panel modules and associated infrastructure on 1,200 acres of City of Los Angeles-owned property east of the Owens River, but in a direct line of sight with the Manzanar National Historic Site, which lies to the immediate west.
“The Manzanar National Historic Site stands as one of the most impressive, thorough exhibits on the Japanese American incarceration experience,” said Manzanar Committee Co-Chair Bruce Embrey. “The National Park Service staff does an incredible job, day in and day out, of telling the story. But now, a massive solar farm with thousands of solar panels could distract from, and negatively impact, the Manzanar National Historic Site. It is essential that LADWP understands the impact such a massive project would have on the site.”
Other groups opposing the solar ranch include the Big Pine Paiute Tribe, the Lone Pine Paiute-Shoshone Tribe, the Owens Valley Committee and the National Park Conservation Association.
LADWP has said the site across from Manzanar was chosen because the project would have the least amount of impacts there, including visual ones.
To view or sign the petition on Change.org, go to http://www.change.org/petitions/halt-ladwp-s-plan-to-build-a-1-200-acre-... .
The online petition drive will run through mid-January.