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Soitec Sells Off Solar Business

Originally Published in East County Magazine

Editor’s Note: North American governments need to take note of developments in the UK, where communities have the right to veto proposed industrial scale renewable projects for their area. Overrring the local planning committee and local wishes in Boulevard, Callifornia, caused years of needless upset and litigation. 

By Miriam Raftery

Soitec launched its solar manufacturing facility in San Diego with a $25 million federal grant. The company touted its cutting edge, utility-scale solar collectors as ultra-efficient.

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Germany’s Wind industry is not like Southern California’s

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1The sheer number of wind turbines in Germany is overwhelming! When the clouds open, they are often visible from the windows of a jet entering the country. Though they are primarily a rural phenomenon, there are about 60 turbines in the city of Hamburg. Some of the behemoths in Mecklenbourg-Verpommern have a capacity of 7.5 MW,  more than twice the 3 MW found in North America. Yet, speaking as one of a group of journalists touring renewable installations recently, unless you are standing directly underneath a turbine was difficult to pick out the “whoosh” of their whirling blades from other ambient sounds. Germany’s wind industry is an integral part of the nation’s energy revolution, which at least 56% of the respondents to a poll taken in 2013 said was “the right thing to do.” Only 10% were actually opposed. Germany’s Wind industry is not like Southern California’s.

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Is San Diego Proceeding With A Flawed Renewable Energy Plan?

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1San Diego County’s Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to take the next step in creating what appears, from the outset, to be a flawed attempt to draw up a comprehensive renewable energy plan. Supervisors have given the County’s Department of Planning & Development Services a budget of up to $300,000 and instructed them to form a Renewable Energy Advisory Committee and thoroughly study solar, wind and other renewable energy technology, trends and issues over the next 14 months. There will be no community representation on Advisory Committee, it will be “made up of renewable energy professionals from the private sector.”
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The Betrayal of Boulevard: Can This Happen to your Town, too?

A Community Plan overruled so that corporate interests can proceed to impose their plans. The Betrayal of Boulevard: Can This Happen to your Town, too?

Originally Published in East County Magazine

By Miriam Raftery

January 11, 2012 (Boulevard)–Retired tugboat captain Don Renard worked hard all his life before purchasing a little piece of heaven in San Diego’s rural East County.  He bought  a historic house, the former Ruby Store, once a stage coach stop in Boulevard.  He and his family have been working to restore it—in between savoring quiet times spent watching the hawks, owls and song birds among the old oak groves around their home.
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