Some Calif. residents fight plan for three large solar plants

The TribuneSeptember 9, 2009 

In a David vs. Goliath matchup, a handful of San Luis Obispo County, Calif., residents are trying to stop plans to build three commercial solar plants in California Valley.

The Carrisa Alliance for Responsible Energy, or C.A.R.E., is a group of activists who are concerned about the wholesale changes the plants will bring to the isolated area and the impacts they would have on the environment.

The group doesn’t have members but counts about 50 supporters, said Robin Bell, lead activist. They believe the plants are part of a fundamentally flawed approach to green energy. They want the state to move away from what they say is an archaic, utility-based energy system and emphasize instead conservation and promote distributed energy. Distributed systems rely more on rooftop solar and small-scale wind turbines that generate power that is used locally rather than being fed into a statewide electricity grid.

Read the full story at sanluisobispo.com

McClatchy Washington Bureau is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service