Delta solar farm plan dies amid red tape

STOCKTON (AP) - A plan to build a solar farm atop farmland in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta has died after officials decided the land should be kept for agricultural use.

The Stockton Record reported that Michael Robinson's idea to build a 120-acre solar farm atop salty, poor quality soil died after the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors voted against giving the project more time. The same board approved the project in January 2012. But since then two more state agencies had raised concerns that the solar farm plan might require more time consuming and costly review.

The Delta Protection Commission's executive director Erik Vink says the solar farm was not consistent the commission's plan to keep agriculture as the area's main land use.


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