San Diego Homeowner Grills Soitec over Omissions from Solar Project’s Water estimate

This story is part of a joint investigation with East County Magazine

By Roy L Hales

Screen shot 2014-03-18 at 3.43.47 PMYesterday, we reported how three authorities state Soitec’s consultant is wrong, Boulevard does not possess enough water for their proposed solar project.  Now a video from the February 6  community meeting, at Boulevard, reveals that Soitec’s consultant, Dudek, recently underestimated the amount of water needed at SDG&E recent ECO substation project by  more than three times what would be the final total. (The original estimate was 30 million gallons and the actual amount was closer to 100 million gallons.) Dudek is also alleged to have seriously underestimated the amount of water needed for the  Ocotillo Wind Project . If this is true, how can  we assume that Dudek’s estimates for the Boulevard project are correct?
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Colorado Should Add the “People” to Private-Public-Partnerships

The ECOreport publishes a white paper: Why Colorado Should Add the “People” to Private-Public-Partnerships

By Ken Beital

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMNote: due to time urgency this critical public policy white paper is being released as a work in progress. While every attempt at accuracy has been made, the white paper is not perfect and will be corrected with the assistance of peer review. 

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In Memorial: Ivanpah

The world’s largest concentrating solar power (CSP) plant is a focal point in the conflict of two cultures. It sits on a native American sacred site. In Memorial: Ivanpah

By Roy L Hales

Screen shot 2014-03-18 at 3.43.47 PM“The Ivanpah project is a shining example of how America is becoming a world leader in solar energy,” said Secretary Moniz, in the press release announcing the project’s opening. “As the President made clear in the State of the Union, we must continue to move toward a cleaner energy economy, and this project shows that building a clean energy economy creates jobs, curbs greenhouse gas emissions, and fosters American innovation.”
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Introducing State Solar Jobs 2013

BY Roy L Hales

Screen shot 2014-03-18 at 3.43.47 PMThe Solar Foundation has just launched its interactive “State Solar Jobs 2013.” This is a state by state database, which shows the  growth of solar jobs in 2013 and gives predictions for 2013.
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