Construction has started on one of the massive solar energy farms on San Luis Obispo County’s Carrizo Plain, but the other is stalled until a new buyer is found after a $1.9 billion loan backstop from the U.S. Department of Energy fell through. Dirt is moving on the California Valley Solar Ranch, a 250-megwattt installation Read More →
Camp Roberts, the California National Guard base that straddles San Luis Obispo and Monterey counties near Paso Robles, is slated to receive a $34.8 million, 43,000-square-foot satellite communications facility. Almost all California National Guard troops who deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq passed through Camp Roberts for training. In addition to shooting ranges and assault courses, Read More →
The Tri-Counties are poised to be the front lines in the fight over a controversial soil fumigant.
A new financial backer is pursuing federal loan backing for the smaller of the two utility-scale solar farms slated for the Carrizo Plain in San Luis Obispo County.
More than 100 business leaders and the county of San Luis Obispo have produced what’s being called a first-ever economic strategy for creating more private-sector jobs on the Central Coast. The 45-page game plan was produced by the Economic Vitality Corp. of San Luis Obispo and funded with $50,000 from the county and more than Read More →
The two massive solar projects winding toward approval on San Luis Obispo County’s Carrizo Plain could end up generating 30 percent less energy than the 800 megawatts their corporate backers would prefer. That is according to draft environmental impact reports circulating for the California Valley Solar Ranch, backed by San Jose-based SunPower Corp., and the Read More →
Like the rest of California, San Luis Obispo County is winding very slowly to a full economic recovery, forecasters at the Central Coast Economic Forecast said Nov. 5. The county’s unemployment rate currently hovers around 10 percent, and will likely stay above 6 percent until sometime in 2015, economists from the forecasting group Beacon Economics Read More →