Barajas' attorney Gregory LaForge asked for an additional three weeks to prepare. Photo by John Chadwell.

Business / Economy

County moves toward cease and desist order for solar project

Even after Con Edison paid $100,000 to the county and promised more to come, supervisors remained unconvinced and decided to move toward halting the Panoche Valley Solar project

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Government / Politics

Construction on Panoche Solar Farm continues

The project in southern San Benito County moves ahead despite environmentalists' attempts to stop the project and the governor's efforts to slash its size


Government / Politics

City declines fire department’s request to apply for federal grant

Mayor cites concerns that the city may eventually not be able to afford the cost of firefighters hired by the grant, potentially forcing layoffs

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Construction on solar project expected to start this month

Long-planned project clears final regulatory hurdles and is expected to begin construction in December

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ConEdison acquires 50 percent of Panoche Valley Solar Farm as judge’s ruling may clear way for construction

Acquisition announced on the day the court ruled against environmental groups' opposition to the county's approval of the project

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UPDATED: Judge to rule on fate of solar project on Sept. 17

The court is considering a motion by environmental groups to delay the impending start of construction of the Panoche Valley Solar Project

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Environmental groups again seek to halt solar project

Groups claim latest environmental impact reports feature insufficient mitigation measures; San Benito Business Council touts economic benefits of the project, which has been approved repeatedly

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Government / Politics

Solar project to buy Hollister Fire Department a truck for construction coverage

Fire department will provide a two-person crew on-site for 18 months, with the city keeping the apparatus at the end of the deal

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COMMENTARY: Panoche Valley Solar Advocates Urge Opponents to Refrain from Threats, Suits, Delay Tactics

San Benito County Business Council, elected leaders joined by dozens of project advocates urging opponents, appellants to refrain from threats, nuisance litigation and delay tactics waged against Panoche Valley Solar

Locals attend an event hosted Feb. 5 by Panoche Valley Solar in Hollister.

Business / Economy

Panoche Valley Solar puts spotlight on 247-megawatt project

Energy executive discussed plans at open-house event in Hollister for solar project, slated to break ground as soon as this summer in Paicines

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Government / Politics

COMMENTARY: Politics and Panoche Valley Solar

There is no excuse for lukewarm support