RivCo Supervisors Unanimously Approve Agreement with Solar Power Developer

The project will provide 4.5 megawatts of photovoltaic energy to Southern California Edison customers.

Riverside County supervisors signed off Tuesday on a development agreement with a Canadian solar power provider seeking to build on a 40-acre site north of Desert Center.

In a 5-0 vote, the Board of Supervisors without comment implemented terms and conditions set forth in a 50-page agreement with Ontario-based Canadian Solar Inc.

The company's Indigo Ranch Project in the Victory Pass has been in the works for several years. Construction of the solar power-generating facility is scheduled to begin in June.

According to county Transportation and Land Management Agency documents, Indigo Ranch will provide 4.5 megawatts of photovoltaic energy to Southern California Edison customers. An environmental impact report certified by the board determined the project posed no significant hazards to the local area, which is largely uninhabited desert east of Eagle Mountain, off of Rice Road.

SCE has a 20-year power purchasing agreement locked in with the developer, with the option of re-upping for another 10 years. The development agreement with the county calls for sales and use-tax revenue stemming from the project to go into county coffers, by way of the State Board of Equalization.

The county also stands to net up to $101,000 in development impact fee revenue, according to TLMA documents. However, county officials noted in the agreement that the current per-acre rate of $2,543 could change -- raising or lowering development impact fees -- depending on what the board decides when DIFs are revised in the coming weeks.

According to the TLMA, because of its location, the project is exempt from board policy B-29, under which solar developers are required to make ongoing payments of $150 per ace to ensure the county is compensated for utilization of land that might otherwise go to farming, recreation and housing, as well as for the permanent alteration of pristine desert landscapes.

– City News Service.

Artemis Gordon May 01, 2014 at 09:42 AM
Spanish companies, Chinese, Canadian..... why aren't we choosing American companies and American workers? Sheesh people, DEMAND your officials spend YOUR TAX money with American firms.
Jeremiah May 01, 2014 at 11:01 AM
Artemis - How much good do you think those demands will do when those officials are sold out to the financial interests and under their control? Lost cause, my brother - no one is thinking of growing America, only growing their bottom line. **** Jeremiah
Chuck B Smith May 01, 2014 at 12:40 PM
Death by solar farms: 71 species of birds killed, ‘entire food chains’ disrupted Look this up on a search engine, disturbing Stationary fuel cells have no pollution and a small non disruptive footprint a fuel cell park could provide the same amount of power on less then an acre
Jeremiah May 01, 2014 at 01:26 PM
Floating nuclear power plants are another way to go. I thought it was absurd until I studied it a bit - found it actually makes a lot of sense, having no cooling or meltdown issues with an enclosed and sealed core surrounded by limitless water. **** Jeremiah
Psychic One May 02, 2014 at 07:30 AM
Major disappointment. In a time when we need to build up our own economy we are once again are going outside the U.S.A. When are we going to start caring for our own country before others. The jobs that could be created for California residents let alone U.S manufactures is absolutely heartbreaking. For those who voted for this remember what you did when you pass a unemployed father on the freeway off ramp holding a sign saying "Looking for work/ will work for food".


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