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  • Taxpayers Are Footing Bill for Solar Project That Doesn’t Work

    03/29/2016 2:19:40 PM PDT · by rellimpank · 19 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | 29 mar 2016 | David Kreutzer
    As every ten-year-old who ever got a sweater for a birthday present has been told, “It’s the thought that counts.” That seems to be the guiding principle at the Department of Energy and the California Public Utilities Commission when it comes to solar power. The latest example is the $2.2 billion Ivanpah solar thermal plant in California. (Note: Solar thermal plants do not use solar panels to directly convert sunshine to electricity, they use sunshine to boil water that then drives conventional turbines.) Here’s the story so far, Ivanpah: Is owned by Google, NRG Energy, and Brightsource, who have a...
  • BrightSource solar plant sets birds on fire as they fly overhead ($2.2B plant heats 100,000 homes)

    08/18/2014 9:08:45 PM PDT · by Innovative · 32 replies
    CBC Canada ^ | Aug 18, 2014 | AP
    Death estimates range from 1,000 to 28,000 per year The $2.2 billion plant, which launched in February, is at Ivanpah Dry Lake near the California-Nevada border. Unlike many other solar plants, the Ivanpah plant does not generate energy using photovoltaic solar panels. Instead, it has more than 300,000 mirrors, each the size of a garage door. Together, they cover 1,416 hectares. Each mirror collects and reflects solar rays, focusing and concentrating solar energy from their entire surfaces upward onto three boiler towers, each looming up to 40 stories high. The solar energy heats the water inside the towers to produce...
  • Solar companies learn to play nice with environmentalists [setting aside land]

    04/17/2014 5:00:27 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 36 replies
    GIGAOM ^ | flashback AUG. 9, 2011 | by Ucilia Wang
    As more solar farms arise in the sunny corners of the U.S., it’s inevitable that solar developers will have to play ball with environmentalists. First Solar and SunPower announced an agreement with the environmental groups to add thousands of acres near their projects for wildlife protection. As more solar farms arise in the sunny corners of the U.S., it’s inevitable that solar developers will have to play ball with environmental groups. First Solar and SunPower announced an agreement on Tuesday with the Sierra Club and others to add thousands of acres near their proposed projects for wildlife protection. The agreement...
  • Photo of new Solar Power Pant on Ca 0 Nevada Stale Line.

    03/23/2014 9:34:30 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 27 replies
    Marlketwatch ^ | March 19, 2014
  • World's largest solar plant scorching birds in Nevada desert

    02/16/2014 2:30:44 AM PST · by Fzob · 25 replies
    Fox News ^ | 02/15/2014 | Fox News
    A stretch of the Mojave Desert has been transformed by hundreds of thousands of mirrors into the largest solar power plant of its type in the world, but the milestone is being met with criticism from environmental groups concerned about the effect of solar energy on desert wildlife. The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, sprawling across roughly 5 square miles of federal land near the California-Nevada border, formally opened Thursday after years of regulatory and legal tangles ranging from relocating tortoises to assessing the impact on plants. The $2.2 billion complex of three generating units, owned by NRG Energy Inc.,...
  • The $2.2 Billion Bird-Scorching Solar Project

    02/13/2014 10:48:49 PM PST · by grundle · 47 replies
    Wall St. Journal ^ | February 12, 2014 | Cassandra Sweet
    At California's Ivanpah Plant, Mirrors Produce Heat and Electricity—And Kill Wildlife A giant solar-power project officially opening this week in the California desert is the first of its kind, and may be among the last, in part because of growing evidence that the technology it uses is killing birds. U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz is scheduled to speak Thursday at an opening ceremony for the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating Station, which received a $1.6 billion federal loan guarantee. The $2.2 billion solar farm, which spans over five square miles of federal land southwest of Las Vegas, includes three towers as...
  • A Huge Solar Plant Opens, Facing Doubts About Its Future

    02/14/2014 8:11:25 AM PST · by lbryce · 56 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 13, 2014 | DIANE CARDWELL and MATTHEW L. WALD
    The Ivanpah solar power plant stretches over more than five square miles of the Mojave Desert. Almost 350,000 mirrors the size of garage doors tilt toward the sun with an ability to energize 140,000 homes. The plant, which took almost four years and thousands of workers assembling millions of parts to complete, officially opened on Thursday, the first electric generator of its kind. It could also be the last. Since the project began, the price of rival technologies has plummeted, incentives have begun to disappear and the appetite among investors for mammoth solar farms has waned. Although several large, new...
  • World’s largest solar plant is open, but its mirrors scorch birds (Cal--f Mohve Desert )

    02/13/2014 1:33:00 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 84 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | February 13, 2014, 4:15 PM | By Claudia Assis
    The world’s largest solar plant is officially online in the Mojave desert — and it is causing some dismay.That’s because the technology the $2.2 billion Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating Station uses could be a threat to wildlife — it generates heat so intense there’s growing evidence it is scorching birds, according to The Wall Street Journal.
  • The future is bright: World's biggest solar farm is switched on today...

    02/13/2014 11:39:17 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 43 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | February 13, 2014 | Daily Mail Reporter
    The world's largest solar plant of its kind, set to produce 400 megawatts of energy for homes in southwest U.S. has been switched on today. The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, which covers five square miles of the Mojave Desert near the California-Nevada border, has formally opened after years of regulatory and legal tangles ranging from relocating protected tortoises to assessing the impact on Mojave milkweed and other plants. The $2.2billion complex sees more than 300,000 gigantic mirrors reflect green solar power to three generating units with boilers placed on towers rising 460ft above the desert. Ivanpah, a joint project...
  • Solar Plants Are Burning Birds' Wings

    11/14/2013 10:35:49 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 29 replies ^ | 11/12/13 | Lex Berko
    Two months ago, 34 birds were found dead or injured on the site of the Ivanpah solar plant owned by BrightSource Energy in east San Bernardino County, California. Almost half suffered from singed feathers after running afoul of the plant’s reflected beams of sunlight, according to a report from The Desert Sun. This was not an isolated incident: another 19 were found dead at the 500-megawatt Desert Sunlight plant, which is also located in California. So what’s going on here? Why are birds dropping like their winged-brethren, flies, around these plants and what can we do? The Californian desert has...
  • Taxpayers subsidizing desert solar energy

    05/22/2013 6:04:47 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 3 replies
    CalWatchdog ^ | May 21, 2013 | Warren Duffy
    What is going on with the California based Ivanpah solar plant? In April 2011, Brightsource Energy received a loan guarantee of $1.6 billion from the Department of Energy for the California-based Ivanpah project. It’s located along I-15 at the California-Nevada border, 29 miles northeast of Barstow. The loan amount was three times that given by the DOE to the now bankrupt California solar company Solyndra. At the time of the April 2011 loan, the man at the controls as board chairman of Brightsource was John Bryson. He served in that capacity from September 2010 to January 2012. The loan was...
  • Solar power plants burden the counties that host them

    11/25/2012 8:38:44 AM PST · by thecodont · 21 replies
    Los Angeles Times / ^ | November 25, 2012 | By Julie Cart, Los Angeles Times
    When it comes to attracting business to California's eastern deserts, Inyo County is none too choosy. Since the 19th century the sparsely populated county has worked to attract industries shunned by others, including gold, tungsten and salt mining. The message: Your business may be messy, but if you plan to hire our residents, the welcome mat is out. So the county grew giddy last year as it began to consider hosting a huge, clean industry. BrightSource Energy, developer of the proposed $2.7-billion Hidden Hills solar power plant 230 miles northeast of Los Angeles, promised a bounty of jobs and a...
  • Robert F. Kennedy Jr.: Renewable Energy Is Key to U.S. Growth

    10/23/2012 10:08:32 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 25 replies
    Yahoo! Finance ^ | 10/23/12 | Henry Blodget | Daily Ticker
    One of the most important issues in this year's election is energy. Our ongoing addiction to Mideast oil leaves us dependent on countries that are often unstable and hostile. Developing our own domestic energy resources and investing in renewable energy lessens this dependence. It also has the potential to create jobs and improve our trade deficit. The two presidential candidates have laid out energy plans that sound similar: both President Obama and Governor Romney want to continue to develop domestic energy resources, including renewable energy, with the aim of making the U.S. less dependent on foreign oil. But according to...
  • House Republicans Step Up BrightSource Probe (Commerce Sec. Bryson vetting probed by Rep. Issa)

    06/11/2012 9:44:53 PM PDT · by kristinn · 7 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Friday, June 8, 2012 | Ryan Tracy
    House Republicans are broadening their probe of the Department of Energy’s largest solar-loan guarantee. Rep. Darrell Issa, the California Republican who chairs the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, sent letters to the White House and BrightSource Energy Inc., the loan-guarantee recipient, asking for e-mails and other documents related to the $1.6 billion deal. The Wall Street Journal viewed copies of the letters, which are dated June 7. SNIP Mr. Issa’s committee in March asked BrightSource and other loan guarantee recipients for communications with the Department of Energy prior to key announcement related to the deals. The June 7 letter...
  • BrightSource and the Fracking Task Force

    04/18/2012 7:42:10 PM PDT · by neverdem · 3 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 16, 2012 | Jeffrey Folks
    Bad stuff always happens on Friday the 13th. So it was on Friday that BrightSource Energy, the large solar energy company that has already received $868 million of a $1.6-billion loan guarantee, canceled its IPO application. And that same day, President Obama appointed Heather Zichal to head a new high-level task force to coordinate regulation of hydraulic fracking. The two events, both highly inauspicious, were not unrelated. The connection is simple and obvious: in order to prop up failing solar companies, Obama needs to force natural gas prices higher. Solar energy companies like BrightSource can't seem to compete without government...
  • BrightSource kills IPO at last minute

    04/12/2012 12:04:10 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | April 12, 2012 | by David R. Baker
    BrightSource Energy of Oakland, a solar power-plant developer whose first project won $1.6 billion in federal backing, abruptly canceled its initial public stock offering Wednesday night, just hours before trading was scheduled to begin. The surprise move killed what had been the most hotly anticipated clean-tech IPO this spring. It casts doubt on investor appetite for similar offerings in the future. The cancellation could also revive the debate over federal support for renewable power companies. Solar-module maker Solyndra of Fremont, which received $528 million from the same government program that funded BrightSource's first power plant, also canceled a planned IPO...
  • Oakland-based BrightSource Energy seeks to raise up to $182.5 million in IPO

    03/21/2012 5:25:01 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 1+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 3/21/12 | Dana Hull
    Solar thermal technology startup BrightSource Energy hopes to raise $182.5 million in a long-awaited initial public stock offering, according to an amended S-1 filed with the SEC Wednesday. The Oakland-based company plans to issue 6.9 million shares, .. at a price between $21 to $23 per share. .. BrightSource uses mirrors to concentrate the sun and turn turbines that generate electricity. It's most advanced project is the massive Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System currently under construction on federal land in California's Mojave Desert. When completed next year, Ivanpah will be the largest solar thermal power plant in the world, generating...
  • Saving desert tortoises is a costly hurdle for solar projects

    03/03/2012 8:40:57 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 27 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | March , 2012 | By Julie Cart
    Stubborn does not come close to describing the desert tortoise, a species that did its evolving more than 220 million years ago and has since remained resolutely prehistoric. At the $2.2-billion BrightSource Energy solar farm in the Ivanpah Valley, the tortoise brought construction to a standstill for three months when excavation work found far more animals than biologists expected. BrightSource has spent $56 million so far to protect and relocate the tortoises, but even at that price, the work has met with unforeseen calamity: Animals crushed under vehicle tires, army ants attacking hatchlings in a makeshift nursery and one small...
  • Where’s the EPA in the Mojave Desert? Heck, where are the environmentalists?

    02/07/2012 10:26:43 AM PST · by opentalk · 18 replies
    qando net ^ | February 7, 2012 | Bruce McQuain
    Funny how some projects attract the EPA like flies to, well, you know and others? Meh. The LA Times reports: Construction cranes rise like storks 40 stories above the Mojave Desert. In their midst, the "power tower" emerges, wrapped in scaffolding and looking like a multistage rocket. Clustered nearby are hangar-sized assembly buildings, looming berms of sand and a chain mail of fencing that will enclose more than 3,500 acres of public land. Moorings for 173,500 mirrors — each the size of a garage door — are spiked into the desert floor. Before the end of the year, they will...
  • Obama gave RFK Jr. $1.4 Billion bailout for solar company.

    11/16/2011 9:22:41 AM PST · by GlockThe Vote · 49 replies
    Big Govt ^ | 11/16/2011 | Wynton Hall
    President John F. Kennedy’s nephew, Robert Kennedy, Jr., netted a $1.4 billion bailout for his company, BrightSource, through a loan guarantee issued by a former employee-turned Department of Energy official. It’s just one more in a string of eye-opening revelations by investigative journalist and Breitbart editor Peter Schweizer in his explosive new book, Throw Them All Out. The details of how BrightSource managed to land its ten-figure taxpayer bailout have yet to emerge fully. However, one clue might be found in the person of Sanjay Wagle. Wagle was one of the principals in Kennedy’s firm who raised money for Barack...
  • Sacrificing the desert to save the Earth

    02/05/2012 6:24:31 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 30 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | February 5, 2012 | By Julie Cart
    Environmentalists are torn over the high cost of breaking reliance on fossil fuels. Industrial-scale solar development is well underway in California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah. The federal government has furnished more public property to this cause than it has for oil and gas exploration over the last decade — 21 million acres. In the fight against climate change, the Mojave Desert is about to take one for the team. "I have spent my entire career thinking of myself as an advocate on behalf of public lands and acting for their protection," said Johanna Wald, a veteran environmental...
  • Secrets of the American Nomenklatura (Excellent)

    11/20/2011 10:10:54 AM PST · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    American Thinker ^ | November 20, 2011 | Clarice Feldman
    With the rise of independent media, the secrets of the American nomenklatura are coming into clearer focus, the shameless exploitation of the good will and treasure of the people increasingly put on view for all to see. 1. The media and the Democrats are joined at the hip and have created a "hereditary celebrity class" One of the fastest ways to celebrity and fortune (besides perhaps going on Dancing with the Stars, being adopted into the Hilton or Kardashian families and making a porn video) is to be the child of a politician or a well connected political operative. If...

    11/17/2011 6:31:03 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 26 replies
    Powerline ^ | November 16,2011 | JOHN HINDERAKER
    It has to do with a “green energy” company called BrightSource Energy Inc., which develops solar energy products (or intends to someday, anyway). In 2010, BrightSource was in deep trouble. It was $1.8 billion in debt and was losing money hand over fist–a $71.6 million loss on a mere $13.5 million in revenue. A company destined to go down the drain, one would think. But no! The Obama administration bailed out BrightSource to the tune of a cool $1.4 billion in loan guarantees. How could that possibly have happened? Well, start with the fact that the principal investor in BrightSource...
  • Robert Kennedy, Jr.’s ‘Green’ Company Scored $1.4 Billion Taxpayer Bailout

    11/16/2011 11:30:52 AM PST · by Driftwood1 · 30 replies
    Big Government ^ | Wilton Hall
    President John F. Kennedy’s nephew, Robert Kennedy, Jr., netted a $1.4 billion bailout for his company, BrightSource, through a loan guarantee issued by a former employee-turned Department of Energy official. It’s just one more in a string of eye-opening revelations by investigative journalist and Breitbart editor Peter Schweizer in his explosive new book, Throw Them All Out. The details of how BrightSource managed to land its ten-figure taxpayer bailout have yet to emerge fully. However, one clue might be found in the person of Sanjay Wagle. Wagle was one of the principals in Kennedy’s firm who raised money for Barack...
  • How Obama’s Alternative-Energy Programs Became Green Graft (by unscrupulous means)

    11/12/2011 9:16:00 PM PST · by Bigtigermike · 9 replies
    Victory chronicles ^ | Saturday November 12, 2011 | Peter Schweizer.
    Where did green-energy cash go? Straight to campaign donors. Read more about Peter Schwiezer’s Throw Them All Out in the new Newsweek on sale Monday. When President-elect Obama came to Washington in late 2008, he was outspoken about the need for an economic stimulus to revive a struggling economy. He wanted billions of dollars spent on “shovel-ready projects” to build roads; billions more for developing alternative-energy projects; and additional billions for expanding broadband Internet access and creating a “smart grid” for energy consumption. After he was sworn in as president, he proclaimed that taxpayer money would assuredly not be doled...
  • CA: Solar deal to enrich firm with Schwarzenegger tie?

    10/14/2008 9:48:18 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 509+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 10/14/08 | Michael R. Blood - ap
    LOS ANGELES – A relative of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and one of his former cabinet secretaries are part of a private investment group that could score a lucrative payoff if regulators approve a sprawling solar-energy complex near the Mojave Desert Preserve. The personal connections have raised questions about possible favorable treatment for a project being touted as a breakthrough in the development of solar power. Robert F. Kennedy Jr., a longtime environmental activist who is the cousin of first lady Maria Shriver, and former state Environmental Protection Secretary Terry Tamminen were named senior advisers at VantagePoint Venture Partners last year....
  • Costly 'green jobs' solar plant sued by greenies

    01/17/2011 2:05:36 PM PST · by Hotlanta Mike · 21 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 17, 2011 | Thomas Lifson
    A costly proposed solar power plant in Ivanpah, California, touted by President Obama as a "green jobs" initiative, is being sued by environmentalists. Nichola Groom of Reuters reports:
  • Conservation group sues to stop California solar plant (Irony Alert)

    01/17/2011 10:26:49 AM PST · by Para-Ord.45 · 21 replies ^ | Jan 17 2011 | Nichola Groom
    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A U.S. conversation group has sued the federal government over its approval of a major solar power plant in the California desert, the latest in a string of challenges to the nation's renewable energy goals from the environmental community.
  • San Jose-based SunPower signs contracts with Southern California Edison (3 solar plants)

    01/10/2011 6:21:09 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies
    Mercury News ^ | 1/10/11 | Dana Hull
    San Jose-based SunPower, Silicon Valley's dominant solar panel manufacturer, on Monday announced three power purchase agreements with Southern California Edison to deliver 711 megawatts of solar power. The deal, one of the largest for photovoltaic solar power in the United States, would produce enough power for about 460,000 California homes. "This is an unprecedented time for solar photovoltaic," Marc Ulrich, the utility's vice president of renewable and alternative power, said in a statement. "We're seeing growth in technological advances and manufacturing efficiencies that result in competitive prices for green, emission-free energy for our customers." ... California's three largest utilities have...
  • Obama Touts Clean Energy in Weekly Speech (More Obama lies!)

    10/02/2010 6:24:09 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 16 replies
    wall street journal ^ | 10/2/2010 | MAYA JACKSON RANDALL
    U.S. President Barack Obama on Saturday touted his administration's energy policy agenda, predicting that his clean energy programs will create "hundreds of thousands" of new American jobs by 2012. Meanwhile, he painted an ugly, contrasting picture of the GOP energy agenda, arguing that Republicans would only boost the nation's dependence on foreign oil and keep special interest groups in control. "We can go back to the failed energy policies that profited the oil companies but weakened our country," the president said in his weekly radio address, proving that he's not done attacking the GOP this midterm election season. "Or we...
  • Big Calif. solar project gets tentative OK from US (BrightSource, $1.4 billion in loan guarantees)

    02/22/2010 8:52:44 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 25 replies · 517+ views
    LOS ANGELES — The Obama administration has given preliminary approval for $1.4 billion in loan guarantees for a massive solar-energy project in California's Mojave Desert. U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu said Monday that BrightSource Energy was in line for the financing help to build solar-energy plants to power 140,000 homes. ... Environmentalists want the complex relocated because they say it will harm protected desert tortoises. BrightSource has made design changes in an attempt to alleviate environmental concerns.
  • Environmental concerns delay solar projects in California desert

    10/19/2009 12:57:30 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 26 replies · 1,333+ views
    LA Times ^ | 10/19/09 | Louis Sahagun
    Reporting from El Centro, Calif. - Across the desert flatlands of southeastern California, dozens of companies have flooded federal offices with applications to place solar mirrors on more than a million acres of public land. But just as some of those projects appear headed toward fruition, environmental hurdles threaten to jeopardize efforts to further tap the region's renewable energy potential. The development of solar-power facilities in the desert has been a top priority of the Obama administration as it seeks to ease the nation's dependence on fossil fuels and curb global warming. In addition, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has urged that...
  • Disputed Solar Energy Project in California Desert Is Dropped

    09/19/2009 4:00:43 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 17 replies · 893+ views
    New York Times ^ | September 18, 2009 | Elisabeth Rosenthal
    A proposed solar energy project in the California desert that caused intense friction between environmentalists and the developers of renewable energy has been shelved. BrightSource Energy Inc. had planned a 5,130-acre solar power farm in a remote part of the Mojave Desert, on land previously intended for conservation. The company, based in Oakland, Calif., said Thursday that it was instead seeking an alternative site for the project. The Wildlands Conservancy, a California environmental group, had tried to block the solar development, as had Senator Dianne Feinstein, Democrat of California, who proposed that the area become a national monument. The land...
  • PG&E strikes huge solar power deal with BrightSource

    05/13/2009 12:15:08 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 797+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 5/13/09 | Tracy Seipel
    In what is touted to be the largest solar deal in the world, Pacific Gas & Electric today announced that it has expanded a series of solar-power contracts with Oakland's BrightSource Energy for a total of 1,310 megawatts of electricity — enough to power 530,000 California homes during peak hours. Peak hours in the state are usually from noon to 7 p.m. The power purchase agreements, which will now include seven power plants, add to a previous contract the two companies struck last April for up to 900 megawatts of solar thermal power. The deal with PG&E means BrightSource now...
  • Time to settle on one green path

    04/07/2009 9:54:34 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 39 replies · 755+ views
    Marketwatch ^ | April 3, 2009 | THOMAS KOSTIGEN'S ETHICS MONITOR
    Commentary: Only solar energy can give us what we'll needSANTA MONICA, Calif. (MarketWatch) -- Some of the smartest minds in the world gathered last week at the Aspen Institute in Colorado to discuss the environment. Bottom line: We are wasting a lot of time, money and effort on ineffective ways to address climate change. We need better policies and plans -- now. Everyone agreed, from the chief executive of Duke Energy Corp. and the head of the Environmental Protection Agency to the leader of the Evangelical Environmental Network. We're not energy-efficient and the challenges of becoming so are bold and...
  • More Desert Wilderness ( Campaign to protect )

    03/21/2009 12:34:03 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 21 replies · 705+ views
    Desert Protective Council. ^ | February 23rd, 2009 | Larry Hogue
    Earlier this month, we asked you to call your U.S. Representatives to show support for the national Omnibus Public Lands Bill, containing wilderness desig- nations for over 700,000 acres in California. (If you haven’t called your representative yet, please do so now.) Now we have an opportunity to get even more of California’s wild desert places formally designated as wilderness — the highest protection our public lands can receive from the federal government.All you need to do is write a quick, heart-felt note to Sen. Dianne Feinstein mentioning why you love wild desert places in general, and mentioning a few...
  • Feinstein: Don't Spoil Our Desert With Solar Panels

    03/21/2009 9:27:50 AM PDT · by Joiseydude · 129 replies · 2,803+ views ^ | Saturday, March 21, 2009
    WASHINGTON -- California's Mojave Desert may seem ideally suited for solar energy production, but concern over what several proposed projects might do to the aesthetics of the region and its tortoise population is setting up a potential clash between conservationists and companies seeking to develop renewable energy. Feinstein said Friday she intends to push legislation that would turn the land into a national monument, which would allow for existing uses to continue while preventing future development.
  • Feinstein seeks monument status for desert swath

    03/20/2009 7:20:45 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 48 replies · 1,226+ views
    AP on Mercury News ^ | 3/20/09 | Kevin Freking - ap
    WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 500,000 acres in the Mojave Desert would be off-limits to wind or solar energy production under legislation Sen. Dianne Feinstein intends to introduce. The land is coveted by companies seeking to develop alternative energy, setting up a potential clash with one of the more powerful members of Congress. The land would seem ideally suited for solar energy production. Nineteen companies have submitted applications to build solar or wind facilities on the property, but such development would violate the spirit of what conservationists had intended when they donated much of the land to the public, said...
  • ENERGY: SoCal Edison signs large solar-power deal

    02/13/2009 12:21:34 PM PST · by calcowgirl · 29 replies · 572+ views
    North County Times ^ | February 11, 2009 | CHRIS BAGLEY
    Southern California Edison said it has wrapped up the world's largest-ever agreement to buy electricity generated by solar power, a series of generators in California's eastern deserts that could eventually supply more than 800,000 homes. The utility, which serves Riverside County and the sprawling southern California territory outside of the city of Los Angeles and San Diego County, hopes the first of seven plants will begin operating in 2013, the company said in a press release Wednesday morning. The Rosemead-based utility counts nearly 5 million customers in Riverside and a half-dozen other California counties. BrightSource Energy Inc. of Oakland would...
  • CA: Startup with link to governor pushes for plant OK (BrightSource)

    10/26/2008 11:45:55 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 326+ views
    AP on Mercury News ^ | 10/26/08 | Michael R. Blood - ap
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A company backed by investors linked to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is pressing regulators to speed up a review of its proposed $2 billion solar-energy complex, warning that delays would send a "chilling signal" to the emerging green power industry. But the California Energy Commission staff opposes the move, depicting it as an end run that could break apart a precedent-setting review of the planned solar site near the Mojave Desert Preserve. At the center of the dispute is a project widely viewed as a potential breakthrough in large-scale U.S. solar development. --snip-- The company says the...