Thank you everyone who stopped by to our Open House, last Thursday evening. Monday night’s Public Meeting was also well attended, with over 200 people gathering in the Methodist Church in Bishop to hear what David Freeman had to say. If you weren’t able to make it, read a little bit about what happened here:
LA Times: DWP Chief pitches solar for plans to Owens Valley Residents, by Phil Willon. The head of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power tonight told Owens Valley residents that . . .
Mammoth Times: Owens Lake solar project could fuel 10 percent of state’s power needs, by Wendilyn Grasseschi. It was only a few years ago that David Freeman, then general manager for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, came to the Eastern Sierra with a bold proposal . . .
I live in Lone Pine, and today drove all over the levees on Owens Lake. It will never be much of a lake again. Placing solar arrays on it would just make it an eyesore. Now, it is from a distance at least, an attractive feature in the poor Owens Valley which was made a desert by LADWP long ago. There is so much DWP land where the solar project could be out of sight it’s absurd. I’m all for the solar, and the jobs, and dwp should release some property for residences and businesses as the 4 small towns on 395 are strangled by not being able to expand at all. DWP could build the solar project out of sight, provide jobs and living space easily.