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Solyndra intends to file a Chapter 11 bankruptcy in a federal court in Delaware next week, said Dave Miller, a company spokesman. "We will try to sell the company or reorganize its finances," Miller said. Solyndra was founded in 2005 ...President Barack Obama touted Solyndra as a poster child for clean energy after the company received the federal funds.
Anyone who knows George Bedford knows that when something irks him he doesn't keep it a secret. Bedford and his wife bought a ranch in Miguelito Canyon several years ago so that they could enjoy a rural lifestyle and now he is getting a bothersome neighbor.
"The construction changes the landscape in that area," said Supervisor Mary Nejedly Piepho, of Discovery Bay. "My (goal) is that those who travel that road are aware of the change, aware of the construction, and that they are slowing down and driving safely."
Sen. Juan Vargas, D-Chula Vista, introduced a resolution Tuesday calling for federal regulators to deny San Diego-based Sempra Energy a permit to import energy from a proposed wind farm in Baja California.
The Bureau of Land Management has been directed by California legislature to fast-track feasibility studies for wind and solar power projects. This rush to meet renewable energy requirements has created a new gold rush on the Mojave Desert's resources. "There are better ways to go green than destroying the wilderness."
"DyoCore actions have negatively impacted legitimate competition under this program, since other providers of small wind systems are unable to compete with DyoCore's low-cost systems, claims that are based on a false premise," Robert Oglesby, executive director of the commission.
Cal-ISO is looking at ways to deal with 71,000 MW of renewable generation in its interconnection queue, which is more than three times the additional renewables capacity needed to meet California's 33-percent renewable energy target.
A few members of the public, along with the county's Central Board of Architectural Review, were given a first-hand look at the future Lompoc Wind Energy Project on Friday.
"This is an industrial complex moving into my neighborhood, and it doesn't belong here," resident George Young told Eyewitness News. He stood near the entrance to the canyon at Dr. Beverly Billingsley's veterinarian clinic and pointed at the area where the wind machines are planned.
As objections increase to the prospect of alternative energy facilities consuming large parts of the Antelope Valley, county regional planning officials are seeking local input for the updated Antelope Valley Area Plan to help determine sites for future wind and solar farms.
Terra-Gen Power tried to get more than 7,000 acres of land re-zoned for the Pahnamid Windmill Development Project. "If this project had gone through, they would have bulldozed the Tehachapi mountains, an area larger that 640 football fields."
While CHP was checking the truckers documents, they noticed the loads did not match the truck permits. So, instead of escorting the trucks to Woodland, CHP detained the trucks.
Attorney Kassandra McQuillen said the county's reduced setback requirement between towers and residences may constitute an unlawful taking. "It's the shortest setback in the nation," she said. "This is the only project I have serious problems with," said McQuillen, who has negotiated wind project leases for many property owners but refuses to write leases for the Pahnamid project.
Seeking to preserve 600,000 acres of pristine desert land in Southern California for public use, the Wildlands Conservancy raised $40million to buy the land and transfer it to federal stewardship. The effort, between 1999 and 2002, included a huge swath through the Ivanpah area in northeast San Bernardino County to protect it from development.
SDG&E originally planned to put up to $600 million of ratepayer funds into the farm, which was to be 309 megawatts. But critics complained to the California Public Utilities Commission that the financing arrangement put too much of the risk on ratepayers. They also didn't like the fact that the power would actually be sold in Canada, with SDG&E getting certificates.
Under the new rule approved 5-0, the county can allow exceptions if the variance doesn't endanger public safety, and if the exception increases power generating capacity or reduces risks that hawks and eagles would be hit by whirling turbine blades.
First Wind missed the deadline, citing its inability to secure land for the wind project. First Wind, which is not an official party in the case before the PUC, asked HECO to petition the commission for a deadline extension on its behalf. When HECO declined, First Wind appealed directly to the PUC.
The winds of change are blowing toward Contra Costa County regulation of new wind turbines, and county officials want to make sure the big energy machines don't create a safety risk to motorists driving by them on a busy commute route south of Byron.
"We want to know what your concerns are in this very early stage of design," Smith said. "We don't want it," canyon resident Steve Steele said. "Put one in your backyard first and then you can put one in mine." ...Residents expressed concerns including access, safety, wildfire potential, noise, and impact on the environment and wildlife as well as their property values.
The larger change is the addition of a minimum required setback for noise mitigation. Turbines with a maximum generation capacity equal to or greater than one megawatt would be required to maintain a 3,000-foot minimum setback from the nearest receptor (person living within visual or audible range) or residential parcel. The exception: if the noise study shows to the Commission’s satisfaction minimal noise impacts to residents, the CCC may approve a reduced setback.