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From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Thu, 25 Nov 2010 15:17:27 -0800 (PST)
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Subject: Re: [CPEO-MEF] ENERGY, ENCROACHMENT: Northrop Grumman opposes California solar project
Northrop Grumman's bid to delay Antelope Valley solar project is rebuffed
L.A. County supervisors refuse to put the brakes on the 230-megawatt project despite the military contractor's contention that it would interfere with its radar testing operations.

By Marc Lifsher
Los Angeles Times
November 24, 2010

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors denied a request from Northrop Grumman Corp. to delay final approval of a major solar project in the Antelope Valley near the military contractor's facility for testing radar-evading stealth aircraft.

On a voice vote, supervisors rejected Northrop's appeal Tuesday, opting to let plans for the 2,100-acre complex of photovoltaic solar panels proceed. Final approval is expected Dec. 7.

The company argued that the project would "adversely impact the military mission" of the sensitive, 1970s-era testing center, just south of the Tehachapi Mountains in Kern County.

Supervisor Mike Antonovich, who represents the high desert area that hopes to host a dozen wind and solar energy farms, didn't buy Northrop's national defense argument.

Antonovich cited an e-mail from the Pentagon that described the dispute as "a private matter between public parties and Los Angeles County in which the Department of Defense has no position."


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Lenny Siegel wrote:
Northrop opposes solar energy project
Defense contractor says high desert facility might interfere with testing of stealth technology on aircraft. A delay could affect millions of dollars in potential federal stimulus funds.

By Marc Lifsher and Tiffany Hsu
Los Angeles Times
November 23, 2010

Approval for the first of what could be at least a dozen large solar energy projects planned for the high desert near the Los Angeles-Kern County line is under threat from an unlikely source: the military industry.

Northrop Grumman Corp. contends that a proposed 230-megawatt plant near Rosamond to be built by First Solar Inc. could impair operations at a sensitive installation for testing radar-evading stealth technology on aircraft.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and other supporters fear that if Northrop succeeds in blocking the project, the state would be hobbled in its efforts to create tens of thousands of green-tech jobs and fight global warming by building renewable power plants in the sun-drenched desert of Southern California.


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Lenny Siegel
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