|Prototype SunCatchers in Arizona in a photo provided by the CEC. K Road Sun would have to procure thousands of these, but the provider is not clear about its ability to build them, and is currently facing financial difficulties.|
I cant blame the BLM for taking a more cautious approach. BLM rushed to approve the project for Tessera Solar last year, and then watched as Tessera admitted that it could not build the SunCatchers and sold the ROW to another company. Now K Road Sun is asking for a repeat of last year -- a speedy approval by Federal and State officials ignoring the environmental damage and the fact that SunCatcher technology poses significant hurdles to the viability of the project.
The California Energy Commission (CEC) is still attempting to accommodate the amended application despite continuing concerns about K Road Sun's ability to build the project.
The Calico Solar power project should never have been approved in the first place. The site is home to a thriving desert ecosystem, with dozens of endangered desert tortoises, a rare desert wildflower, and bighorn sheep.