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Solar power plants burden the counties that host them

The "gift horse" of economic income to counties from siting of solar energy projects appears to be a tired horse ready for retirement.  The below article from the LA Times notes "Eager for jobs and tax money, Mojave Desert counties welcomed big solar projects. But they may have been too optimistic. And expanding emergency services and infrastructure isn't cheap."

While companies will reap profits, taxpayers and rate payers will be footing the bill for many years to come...

By Julie Cart, Los Angeles Times,  November 25, 2012 - Solar power plants burden the counties that host them Eager for jobs and tax money, Mojave Desert counties welcomed big solar projects. But they may have been too optimistic. And expanding emergency services and infrastructure isn't cheap. When it comes to attracting business to California's eastern deserts, Inyo County is none too choosy.

Since the 19th century the sparsely populated county has worked to attract industries shunned by others, including gold, tungsten and salt mining. The message: Your business may be messy, but if you plan to hire our residents, the welcome mat is out.

So the county grew giddy last year as it began to consider hosting a huge, clean industry. BrightSource Energy, developer of the proposed $2.7-billion Hidden Hills solar power plant 230 miles northeast of Los Angeles, promised a bounty of jobs and a windfall in tax receipts. In a county that issued just six building permits in 2011, Inyo officials first estimated that property taxes from the facility would boost the general fund 17%.

But upon closer inspection, the picture didn't seem so rosy.

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John Stewart

Solar power plants burden the counties that host them

The "gift horse" of economic income to counties from siting of solar energy projects appears to be a tired horse ready for retirement.  The below article from the LA Times notes "Eager for jobs and tax money, Mojave Desert counties welcomed big solar projects. But they may have been too optimistic. And expanding emergency services and infrastructure isn't cheap."

While companies will reap profits, taxpayers and rate payers will be footing the bill for many years to come...

By Julie Cart, Los Angeles Times,  November 25, 2012 - Solar power plants burden the counties that host them Eager for jobs and tax money, Mojave Desert counties welcomed big solar projects. But they may have been too optimistic. And expanding emergency services and infrastructure isn't cheap. When it comes to attracting business to California's eastern deserts, Inyo County is none too choosy. Since the 19th century the sparsely populated county has worked to attract industries shunned by others, including gold, tungsten and salt mining. The message: Your business may be messy, but if you plan to hire our residents, the welcome mat is out. So the county grew giddy last year as it began to consider hosting a huge, clean industry. BrightSource Energy, developer of the proposed $2.7-billion Hidden Hills solar power plant 230 miles northeast of Los Angeles, promised a bounty of jobs and a windfall in tax receipts. In a county that issued just six building permits in 2011, Inyo officials first estimated that property taxes from the facility would boost the general fund 17%. But upon closer inspection, the picture didn't seem so rosy. An economic consultant hired by the county found that property tax revenue would be a fraction of the customary amount because portions of the plant qualifiy for a solar tax exclusion. Fewer than 10 local workers would land permanent positions — and just 5% of the construction jobs would be filled by county residents. And construction workers are likely to spend their money across the nearby state line, in Nevada. Worse, the project would cost the county $11 million to $12 million during the 30-month construction phase, with much of the money going to upgrade a historic two-lane road to the plant. Once the plant begins operation, the county estimates taxpayers will foot the bill for nearly $2 million a year in additional public safety and other services. Two of California's other Mojave Desert counties, Riverside and San Bernardino, have made similar discoveries. Like Inyo, they are now pushing back against solar developers, asking them to cover the costs of servicing the new industry.

Source: Los Angles Times

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DLRP - No Webinar 11/27 - Dec. 13 webinar

Dear Dinkey Collaborative members and interested parties,

There is no webinar tomorrow, Tuesday, November 27.  We had originally held this date but at the last meeting realized we would not have sufficient time to prepare materials, and released it.  I apologize if this was not clear to people at the November 15 meeting.

Regarding December 13:  Please hold this date.  However, please hold the afternoon from 1 to 4 pm — if held on December 13, the webinar would be that afternoon, not in the morning.  We apologize for any scheduling confusion.

We are working on the schedule for the next 3 months and will have more information this Thursday, including proposed dates for the next steps identified on November 15.  We will also provide an agenda and meeting materials for our December 6 meeting at that time.

Sincerely,

Dorian Fougères, Ph.D.
Lead Mediator and Facilitator
Center for Collaborative Policy
California State University, Sacramento

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DLRP - No Webinar 11/27 - Dec. 13 webinar

Dear Dinkey Collaborative members and interested parties, There is no webinar tomorrow, Tuesday, November 27.  We had originally held this date but at the last meeting realized we would not have sufficient time to prepare materials, and released it.  I apologize if this was not clear to people at the November 15 meeting. Regarding December 13:  Please hold this date.  However, please hold the afternoon from 1 to 4 pm — if held on December 13, the webinar would be that afternoon, not in the morning.  We apologize for any scheduling confusion. We are working on the schedule for the next 3 months and will have more information this Thursday, including proposed dates for the next steps identified on November 15.  We will also provide an agenda and meeting materials for our December 6 meeting at that time. Sincerely, Dorian Fougères, Ph.D. Lead Mediator and Facilitator Center for Collaborative Policy California State University, Sacramento

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Cal4Wheel NRC Reports On-line

I have been producing and publishing an NRC Project List for several months.  That list has become cumbersome to maintain and I am shifting it to a full on-line tracking system where it is easier to link additional information to each project item listed.

The result of the current effort can be viewed at: http://www.4x4Voice.com

This version will allow for comments and replies to be posted.  And, postings are aggregated into an RSS feed which can be linked to a spot on the Cal4 or any other website.

In other news...

Read more Cal4Wheel NRC reports at: http://www.4x4voice.com/index.php/access-news#catid78

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