The California Supreme Court rejected a Sierra Club lawsuit against the Calico Solar Project this week.
The Sierra Club filed a lawsuit in January against the project because it said the California Energy Commission had approved the Calico project improperly and did not take into account potential harm to plants and animals within the project boundary.
A spokesman for the Calico project declined to comment on the rejection of the lawsuit, but Dr. Robert Weisenmiller, chair of the California Energy Commission said in a statement that the commission was pleased that the court upheld the power plant review process for Calico.
The Calico solar plant — located near Newberry Springs on BLM land — will produce a total of 663.5 megawatts of solar energy once it is completed.
State bill mandating 33% renewable energy signed by Gov. Jerry Brown
A bill that will require utility companies to use at least 33 percent renewable energy — including solar, wind and geothermal power — was signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown this week.
Utilities will have until 2020 to meet the requirements. Last year, the large investor-owned utilities generated 17.9 percent of their energy using renewable resources.
BrightSource finalizes financing for Ivanpah Solar project
BrightSource Energy announced that financing for the Ivanpah Solar project near the California-Nevada border — including $1.6 billion in federal loans and a $168 million investment by Google — was finalized this week.
Construction at the Ivanpah facility — which began last October — is continuing, with about 500 workers working on the project last week, according to spokeswoman Kristin Hunter. Workers are beginning to place heliostats — metal poles which will hold the thermal solar project’s mirrors — into the ground.
The 370 megawatt Ivanpah project — on 3,500 acres of federal land managed by the Bureau of Land Management — will produce enough energy to power 140,000 homes once completed.
Calico site tour to be held April 20
Members of the public who are interested in viewing the Calico solar project will be able to attend a site tour next week and attend a public information meeting about changes to the technology that will be used for the project.
K Road Sun filed a petition in May to change the technology used at the site from solely SunCatcher dishes — which track the sun and concentrates its energy by using curved glass mirror facets — to a combination of solar photovoltaic panels and SunCatcher dishes.
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Calico Solar project site tour and meeting
• Wed., April 20 at 11:00 a.m.
• Meet at Hampton Inn and Suites, 2710 Lenwood Road, Barstow in Jackrabbit room
• Site tour will leave at 11:00 a.m. and public info meeting will be at 3:00 p.m.
• Reservations should be made before the tour by calling (916) 654-4489 or 1(800) 822-6228 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org