29 Jun '11, 12pm

Is the World’s Biggest PV Project About to Get Stopped Cold?: First Solar is scheduled to begin construction o...

First Solar is scheduled to begin construction on AV Solar Ranch One , the world’s biggest solar photovoltaic project, on July 5 in Antelope Valley. But Development Director Jack Pigott has just begun facing off with residents of Fairmont, the nearby community. Fairmont’s people are adamant about on-the-ground issues, like fences that will surround the 230-megawatt installation , the effect of fenced-off desert on hiking, horseback riding and other recreation, the impact of dust coming off cleared and leveled land , and of wildlife displaced to their yards in the process. They are even more concerned with how much water Solar Ranch One will require, who will administer desert lands purchased by First Solar to mitigate the project’s impacts, who will get the jobs at Solar Ranch One, and what public benefits First Solar will offer Fairmont in return for permanently altering ...

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