It took me three tedious hours yesterday to inspect and index the responses (see photo below) from the competent and helpful Fresno County Planning and Land Use Division to my Public Records Act request for documents related to the law firm of Adams Broadwell Joseph & Cardozo and its submissions on behalf of construction unions concerning environmental objections to proposed solar energy generating facilities in Fresno County.
I was able to determine that California Unions for Reliable Energy (CURE) and its affiliate unions have found grave environmental problems with seven proposed solar energy projects, if grave can be defined as “dumping huge amounts of paper on county staff at the last minute.”
Select the link below for each project, and you will go to the Fresno County posting of the application for a Conditional Use Permit and Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration, as required under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).
- Sr Solis Oro Loma Teresina – 20 megawatts
- Silverado Power – Liberty Solar Generation Project – 70 megawatts
- Silverado Power – Inspiration Solar Generation Farm – 63 megawatts
- Three Rocks Solar Project – 13 megawatts
- Gestamp Asetym Solar – Oro Loma IV – 20 megawatts
- Gestamp Asetym Solar – Adame 1 – 119 megawatts
- Gestamp Asetym Solar – Giffin 1 – 18 megawatts
Four companies are the victims. Here are links to the corporate web sites:
- Oro Loma Solar, owned by SolarGenUSA, based in Littleton, Colorado, represented by Provost & Pritchard Consulting Group
- Three Rocks Solar, based in Santa Barbara (represented by Pacific Valley, LLC)
- Silverado Power, based in San Francisco
- Gestamp Solar, based in Madrid, Spain with a North American office in San Francisco
Documents submitted by Adams Broadwell Joseph & Cardozo concerning these seven proposed solar projects include requests for notices, public records requests, requests for immediate access to documents, lengthy comments on Initial Studies/Mitigated Negative Declarations along with hundreds of pages of exhibits, lengthy appeals of county approvals for Conditional Use Permits, and requests for comment period extensions. It looks like they’re working hard to protect the planet from the bane of solar power generation, although some people speculate that their CURE client is more interested in Project Labor Agreements for these projects.