Forecast Is Sunny For Solar Projects In Calif.

Law360, New York (July 23, 2013, 12:35 PM EDT) -- A recent California appellate decision broke new ground for solar energy developers by upholding a county’s decision to cancel numerous Williamson Act contracts and approve a large solar project despite potentially significant impacts under the California Environmental Quality Act. In Save Panoche Valley v. County of San Benito, the Sixth District Court of Appeal found that the county’s decision to approve a 399-megawatt photovoltaic solar project was supported by substantial evidence under both the Williamson Act and CEQA.

The first-of-its-kind published decision may have important implications...
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