12 Aug '11, 8am

Renewable Energy Projects Under Pressure from Feds and Environmental Groups

Renewable Energy Projects Under Pressure from Feds and Environmental Groups

Also recently, SunPower Corporation and a subsidiary of First Solar Inc. announced that they had reached a settlement agreement with between Sierra Club, Defenders of Wildlife, and Center for Biological Diversity relating to development of the 250 MW California Valley Solar Ranch and the 550 MW Topaz Solar Farm. Part of the objection of the environmental groups was the impact of the solar farms on local endangered species. As part of the settlement, First Solar and SunPower agreed to purchase an additional 36 square kilometers of land for preservation, in addition to the 69 square kilometers the companies had committed to, and to remove 48 kilometers of fencing from the area. Additionally, the companies will not use rodenticides in the construction and operation of the projects, and to make additional financial contributions to help San Luis Obispo County acquire lots in u...

Full article: http://cleantechnica.com/2011/08/12/renewable-energy-proj...

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