Saturday, February 2, 2013

Solar development absorbing California farmland

This could be a really big problem.  Land prices are part of the cost of selling produce in the market.  If the prices rise too high, who will buy "grown in CA" if the "grown in MEXICO" is cheaper?
Developers are flocking to flat farmland near power transmission lines, but agriculture interests, environmental groups and even the state are concerned that there is no official accounting of how much of this important agricultural region's farmland is being taken out of production.
And so you ask "what about building them in the desert?"  Good question!  I covered this a while back and the reason is LAWSUITS.  The solar farm developers got their heads handed to them by environmentlists and American Indians.

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