Calif. Solar Project Gets OK To Skip County Permits

Law360, New York (May 11, 2012, 5:22 PM EDT) -- California legislators on Thursday passed a law allowing a solar mega-project besieged by environmental lawsuits to skirt local agencies and apply directly to a state board for permits, where it likely has a better shot at approval.

The 663-megawatt Calico Solar, which was approved in 2010 as a geothermal project, will now be able to reapply directly to the California Energy Commission for approval to convert to solar panels.

That would strip San Bernardino County of its veto power and has enraged environmental groups that have...
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