28 Dec '11, 5pm

Imperial Valley's Unique Combination of Solar and Geothermal Resources Make it

Imperial Valley's Unique Combination of Solar and Geothermal Resources Make it

Stretching 50 miles from southeastern California’s Salton Sea across the border with Mexico to the Gulf of California, the Imperial Valley is an area of unique desert beauty, one that lies almost entirely below sea level. The area is also somewhat rare in its combination of geothermal and solar energy resources. The Imperial Valley is fast turning into a hotspot for both geothermal and solar energy development. On Tuesday, the city of El Centro’s Board of Supervisors gave the go-ahead to LS Power’s 275-megawatt (MW) Centinela Solar Energy Project. The solar project proposal has generated controversy in the small, still predominantly agricultural community, pitting local farmer-landowners against one another and either for or against LS Power’s proposal, according to a KYMA news report . Renewable Energy vs. Agriculture Land use and environmental impact were at the center o...

Full article: http://cleantechnica.com/2011/12/28/imperial-valleys-uniq...

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