ANOTHER MASSIVE SOLAR FARM COULD BE COMING TO THE DESERT CENTER AREA

Riverside County could soon be getting its fifth massive solar farm. The 500-megawatt Palen solar project would be between Interstate 10 and Joshua Tree National Park.

Palen’s developer, San Diego-based EDF Renewable Energy, has signed a contract to sell the electricity to Southern California Edison. The California Public Utilities Commission

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PLUG PULLED ON CONTROVERSIAL JOSHUA TREE COMMERCIAL SOLAR PROJECT

After winning approval last year for what was likely the most bitterly contested industrial-scale solar development in Morongo Basin history, energy behemoth NextEra has pulled the plug on their plan at the site of the former Joshua Tree airport. Reporter Mike Lipsitz shines some light on the situation… NextEra pushed

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COUNTY PUBLIC HEARING ON CONTROVERSIAL SODA MOUNTAIN SOLAR TOMORROW

The County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to hold a public hearing on the controversial Soda Mountain solar energy project southwest of Baker tomorrow. Reporter Mike Lipsitz explains why a project so many miles away has engendered intense local interest…

At tomorrow’s 10 a.m. meeting of the County Board of

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BOARD OF SUPERVISORS TO MEET AGAIN ON JOSHUA TREE SOLAR PROJECT TOMORROW

Tomorrow’s 1 p.m. meeting of county supervisors in San Bernardino picks up were last Tuesday’s meeting concluded. The board will again take up the appeal which seeks to stop plans to turn the former Joshua Tree airport into a large solar farm. Assignment reporter Mike Lipsitz has details … At

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COUNTY DELAYS NEXTERA VOTE, JOSHUA BASIN WATER MEETING SHORTENED

The County Board of Supervisors was expected to make a decision on an appeal of the approval of a controversial NextEra Commercial Solar project on the former Roy Williams airport in the Sunfair area of Joshua Tree yesterday. What they did was postpone that hearing until Tuesday, August 16. The

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SUPERVISORS TAKE UP CONTROVERSIAL JOSHUA TREE SOLAR FARM TOMORROW

The last item on tomorrow’s 64-item Board of Supervisor’s agenda looks to be the final showdown in the protracted battle between energy behemoth Nextera, and Morongo Basin environmental groups. Assignment reporter Mike Lipsitz has details … At tomorrow’s 10 a.m. meeting of the County Board of Supervisors in San Bernardino,

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JOSHUA BASIN WATER TAKES UP NEXTERA SOLAR WILL-SERVE LETTER AGAIN

The Joshua Basin Water District Board will revisit the issues surrounding the issuance of a “will-serve” letter for a controversial commercial solar project in the Sunfair area. Reporter Mike Lipsitz outlines the issues… At tonight’s meeting of the Joshua Basin Water District the board will receive an update on the

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SUPERVISOR RAMOS EXPLAINS MAC ACTION MONDAY

Third District County Supervisor James Ramos responded to a story on Z107.7 News yesterday in which we questioned why the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council, appointed to advise him on local concerns, used their time to comment and vote on a project way out of their jurisdiction. The MAC voted

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MORONGO BASIN MAC VOTES ON SOLAR PROJECT NOT IN THEIR JURISDICTION

Apparently hijacked by area environmentalists, the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council used their time that should go to local matters to comment and vote on a project way out of their jurisdiction. Reporter David Haldane was at last night’s meeting and files this report… The Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council

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MORONGO BASIN MAC MEETS TONIGHT, MAY WEIGH IN ON A BAKER SOLAR FIELD

The Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council, appointed to advise the County Supervisor about local matters, are expected to stick their noses into matters in the community of Baker tonight. Reporter David Haldane looks at the MAC’s agenda… The Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council tonight will consider endorsing a move to

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SOLAR PROJECT NEAR JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK IS BACK

It’s back. The Palen solar project, which was to be built on public land between Interstate 10 and Joshua Tree National Park about 10 miles east of Desert Center, is rearing its ugly head again. The Bureau of Land Management will hold a meeting at 3:30 p.m. at City Hall

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JOSHUA BASIN WATER FACES BIG DECISIONS, PART 1 OF 2

Directors at Joshua Basin Water District have some big decisions on the horizon. Some, like the Joshua Tree airport solar project, have received lots of attention; others, like the Urban Water Management Plan, have gone largely unnoticed. Both were discussed at last night’s meeting. Assignment reporter Mike Lipsitz has details

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JOSHUA BASIN WATER FACES CONTROVERSIAL SOLAR PROJECT TONIGHT… AGAIN

It will be déjà vu all over again tonight as the Joshua Basin Water Board again faces a decision on a controversial commercial solar project. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has more… At tonight’s meeting of the Joshua Basin Water District, General Manager Curt Sauer will again ask the board to consider

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JOSHUA BASIN WATER DELAYS NEXTERA VOTE IN SPITE OF DIRE PREDICTIONS

The Joshua Basin Water District Board of Directors has been dragging its heels for a year on approving a will-serve letter to provide water to the NextEra Solar Project at the site of the former airport in Joshua Tree. NextEra threatened last month that it would dig its own high-capacity

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JOSHUA BASIN WATER FACES NEXTERA SOLAR FIELD DECISION AGAIN TONIGHT

The Joshua Basin Water District canceled their meeting Tuesday night due to a lack of a quorum, but are meeting tonight in a special meeting. Assignment reporter Mike Lipsitz says the NextEra Solar project is back on the agenda… At tonight’s meeting of the Joshua Basin Water District, General Manager

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COUNTY APPROVES JOSHUA TREE SOLAR FARM

For the second time in two weeks, the county planning commission made a controversial decision on land use that went against the wishes of Joshua Tree residents. Reporter Mike Lipsitz explains…

The County Planning Commission today approved the controversial plan by NextEra Energy to put an industrial scale solar plant

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BLM APPROVES CONTROVERSIAL SODA MOUNTAIN SOLAR PROJECT

The Bureau of Land Management announced Tuesday that it approved a controversial solar energy project adjacent to the nearby Mojave National Preserve, despite the fact that no power company has agreed to buy the electricity it would generate. Hundreds of conservation organizations and environmentalists and scientists—including some employed by the

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MORONGO BASIN MAC OPPOSES TWO CONTROVERSIAL JOSHUA TREE PROJECTS

No surprise last night as the Morongo Basin MAC came out against two controversial development projects in Joshua Tree. Reporter David Haldane was there and files this report… There was discussion but no argument last night as the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council unanimously adopted resolutions opposing two unpopular Joshua

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MORONGO BASIN MAC LOOKS AT TWO CONTROVERSIAL DEVELOPMENT ISSUES TONIGHT

The Morongo Basin MAC will take up two controversial development proposals at a meeting in Joshua tree tonight. Reporter David Haldane has the details… The Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council meets tonight to consider two hot button issues. First, it will discuss whether to adopt a resolution opposing a plan

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JOSHUA BASIN WATER PART 1: TWO EVILS ON CONTROVERSIAL SOLAR PROJECT

Wednesday night’s meeting of the Joshua Basin Water District was again dominated by discussion of NextEra Energy’s efforts to secure water for their proposed solar plant at the old Joshua Tree airport site. Reporter Mike Lipsitz covers the district’s action on NextEra in part one of this two-part report… Last

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