There’s already one massive solar panel project planned for the Sunfair area south of the 62, in view of our national park: Axio Power’s 150-acre “Cascade Solar Park.” (more info here.)

Now, there’s another one.

From KCDZ 107.7FM’s headline news for April 6, 2012:

British Petroleum is developing a solar photovoltaic power project in Joshua Tree. Bill and Jane Bertoldi, who own 20 acres adjacent to the proposed project, met with BP Solar Energy representatives and Z107.7 yesterday to discuss the project. The 160-acre solar farm will be bordered by Two Mile Road on the north, Hollinger on the west, Sunfair Road on the east, and Pipeline Road on the south. BP has not pulled any permits yet from the County for the Joshua Tree Solar Farm, but expects to do so by November of this year.

The 20-megawatt solar farm should start delivering solar power to Southern California Edison by November of 2013. The BP representatives said the location was chosen in part because of its location to the SCE power grid. Biologists were out surveying plants and animals on the proposed project site this week. When completed, the 160-acre solar farm will have 100,000 to 150,000 solar panels and be surrounded by chain-link fencing eight to 10 feet high. BP Solar Energy offered to buy the Bertoldis’ home and surrounding 20 acres, but the retired couple adamantly refused to consider the offer, saying they planned to live out the rest of their years in their custom-built home.

Right on to the Bertoldis. Let’s help them fight this. More soon.


About Jay Babcock

I am the co-founder and editor of Arthur Magazine (2002-2008, 2012-13) and curator of the three Arthur music festival events (Arthurfest, ArthurBall, and Arthur Nights) (2005-6). Prior to that I was a district office staffer for Congressman Henry A. Waxman, a DJ at Silver Lake pirate radio station KBLT, a copy editor at Larry Flynt Publications, an editor at Mean magazine, and a freelance journalist contributing work to LAWeekly, Mojo, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Vibe, Rap Pages and many other print and online outlets. An extended piece I wrote on Fela Kuti was selected for the Da Capo Best Music Writing 2000 anthology. In 2006, I was one of five Angelenos listed in the Music section of Los Angeles Magazine's annual "Power" issue. In 2007-8, I produced a blog called "Nature Trumps," about the L.A. River. Today, I live a peaceful life in the rural wilderness of Joshua Tree, California, where I am a partner in with Stephanie Smith.
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