Two Calico Solar Layouts Presented to the CEC
- Megawatts: 663.5 MW
- Acres: 4,613
- Estimated tortoise disturbance: 22 tortoises (not including tortoise eggs)
- Megawatts: 603.9
- Acres: 4,244
- Estimated tortoise disturbance: 4 tortoises
|Screenshot of "Scenario 5.5", showing desert tortoise burrows found on the site. The highest quality habitat toward the top of the site, and the tortoise exclusion fencing in yellow.|
Another issue that arose during the 20 September hearings for the Calico Solar power project is the fact that tortoise exclusion fencing (designed to prevent tortoise entry to the construction area) will be installed even deeper into the high quality habitat. It is not clear why Tessera Solar needs to essentially obstruct tortoise access to habitat that the company will not even use for the operation of the project.
The CEC issued the Presiding Member's Proposed Decision this weekend, which starts a 30 day public comment period. The decision is not final until the CEC considers and addresses public concerns.
If you wish to send public comments regarding the Calico Solar power project, you can follow the following instructions:
Send an e-mail AND hard copy to the CEC. The email and letter have to include the Docket number (Docket No. 08-AFC-13). The email address is email@example.com. The mailing address is: Energy Commission’s Docket Unit, 1516 Ninth Street, MS-4, Sacramento, CA 95814. For more information, see the CEC public notice on the CEC Calico website.
If you need help or would like advice on how to craft more effective public comments, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org