“We drew a line in the sand and the Calico solar project crossed it,” says Johanna Wald, senior attorney at the Natural Resources Defense Council, which joined with the Sierra Club and the Defenders of Wildlife to stop development. “The Calico project, however, is an example of a solar project done wrong from the start.”
The groups want the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which are part of the Interior Department, to relocate the solar farm away from Mojave Desert’s Pisgah Valley to an agricultural region that has fewer environmental implications. The green groups were rejected.
Sound familiar? Conservation groups have told California authorities that a proposed wind project there would kill off rare birds. Green groups are opposing a 100-turbine wind farm in Kern County that is to be developed by NextEra Energy. Opponents want the project relocated.