Supervisors Reject Solar Project in Apple Valley Neighborhood

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By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday rejected a solar project planned for 23 acres at Central and Tussing Ranch roads.

First District Supervisor Robert A. Lovingood made the motion to reject the project, which was defeated on a 3-2 vote. A Planning Commission decision in June and county staff recommendation also opposed the project.

“Renewable energy projects must be carefully and thoughtfully located,” Lovingood said. “This is not the right location for this project.”

The 3 megawatt solar plant would have been located on the east side of Central Road, the south side of Tussing Ranch Road, and the north side of the railroad tracks. The location is just across the road from Apple Valley’s town limits and within the Town’s sphere of influence. Lovingood said that the location of the solar plant is inconsistent with Apple Valley’s code requirements.

During a Planning Commission hearing on June 19, opponents said the project would spoil views, create glare and decrease property values. Opponents also said the project would not create permanent jobs and would be better located in an industrial or commercial zone.

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