Sunrise light on a grove of tufa towers emerging from the water of Mono Lake with soft green and dusty-red wild grasses in the foreground, Canada geese in the shallow water with reflections of the rocky towers, and desert hills in the distance.

DWP to discuss solar park concept; advance meeting January 7

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) has announced a public meeting to discuss concepts for building large scale solar power generation facilities in the Eastern Sierra. The meeting will be held in Bishop on Monday, January 11, at 7 pm at the United Methodist Church.

The Committee has been tracking this concept very closely as it has a number of major implications for the future management of the city’s lands and water resources throughout the Eastern Sierra.

I’ll be attending the Eastern Sierra Land Trust (ESLT) open house Thursday January 7 from 4-6pm in advance of the LADWP presentation and urge anyone interested to do so as well. It will be a good opportunity to share information and ideas. The details of the ESLT event are available here.

Pieces of the proposal have been reported on here:

Sierra Wave article, December 1, 2009

LA Times article, December 2, 2009

LA Times article, December 18, 2009

One comment

  1. Victoria Jennings
    Victoria Jennings

    The Owens Lake and Owens Valley must not be further degraded. The correct and biologically sound solution to the dust problem is restoring water coverage. As for solar energy, there are thousands of acres of rooftops in LA that would be perfect for solar panels. We must be very cautious of any “plan” offered up by the LADWP.