Criticism raised about California solar project's impact on wildlife, farms

Merced Sun-StarJune 1, 2012 

The first large-scale solar energy project proposed for Merced County is drawing criticism from farmland advocates and environmental groups.

The Quinto Solar Project, planned for more than 1,000 acres outside of Santa Nella, would create a 110-megawatt photovoltaic facility, enough power for about 40,000 homes.

The project's owner, SunPower Corp., is expected to sell the renewable energy to Southern California Edison under a 20-year contract.

Worries around the project include cutting off travel pathways for kit foxes and other animals, as well as the future viability of farming on the land. Read the full story at

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