March 11, 2014 Leave a comment
But that could be just the tip of the iceberg for Manzanar, as Inyo County is now considering opening up additional lands in the Owens Valley, including a large swath of land that would also intrude upon Manzanar’s viewshed, to the same kind of large-scale renewable energy development that LADWP is proposing.
In fact, another proposed 1,200-acre solar energy generating station would be built just north of LADWP’s facility, also within Manzanar’s viewshed, and that would occupy just a small fraction of the land that Inyo County would open up to such development in the vicinity of Manzanar.
Even worse, if Inyo County moves to allow large-scale renewable energy development in the Owens Valley, with so much land available, there could be several more solar or wind power facilities built near Manzanar, totally destroying its viewshed.
In other words, Manzanar is now under “attack” on two fronts: by LADWP and their Southern Owens Valley Solar Ranch, and by the County of Inyo, whose 2013 Renewable Energy General Plan Amendment (REGPA) would allow the additional development described above.