L.A. CITY HALL: Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Owens Valley, opposition to proposed solar project: "Owens Valley mobilizes against proposed DWP solar project" ....
* Los Angeles Times: "Owens Valley mobilizes against proposed DWP solar project" - "Opponents say the project would destroy scenic vistas and ruin the sense of isolation at Manzanar National Historic Site." - From the LAT:
INDEPENDENCE, Calif. — One by one, a parade of Owens Valley residents rose at a public hearing Tuesday to assail the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's plan to meet its renewable energy goals by covering 2 square miles of high desert with 1 million solar panels.
"We believe in economic development — but this is not the kind we want," Jane McDonald, who helps run a farmer's market, said at the DWP's first public presentation of the project during an Inyo County Board of Supervisors hearing. "Protection of our livelihoods depends on protection of this landscape." It's a point frequently made as the DWP tries to smooth relations in rural eastern Sierra Nevada communities that are up in arms over the $680-million project, which would generate fewer than 10 permanent jobs and no property-tax revenue.
The Southern Owens Valley Solar Ranch, on city-owned property, would produce enough power annually to serve about 75,000 homes. The electrical energy produced by its photovoltaic panels would be conveyed to the power grid from a 300,000-square-foot substation to a nearby DWP transmission line. It is the last facility needed to boost the city's use of wind, solar and other renewable energy sources to a third of total supply by 2020, officials said.
Many speakers at the hearing said they would prefer to see solar projects on rooftops in Los Angeles, or on disturbed land.
The opposition is part of a larger struggle to prevent industrialization of Owens Valley's tableaus of streams, lava flows and cinder cones. . . . . . . .
Critics also contend that it would destroy a key element in understanding what Japanese American internees experienced a few miles away during World War II at what is now the Manzanar National Historic Site: a sense of isolation.
Inyo County has little say in the project...........................