After K Road acquired the project, Southern California Edison withdrew its agreement to buy power from it, and now K Road is stymied by unspecified issues with transmission lines. The project would require expensive new transmission lines spanning desert wildlands. In the meantime, K Road still holds a right-of-way approval to the public lands where it plans to build the project. The company paid its rent for the land at the beginning of 2011 and 2012, according to BLM records, but apparently K Road asked the BLM for a deferral on the bill it owes this year, according to the California Energy Commission's (CEC) status update. The CEC document notes that the decision on whether or not to grant a deferral will be up to the BLM's California State Director.
Maybe K Road should cancel this project and invest in solar on rooftops or on already-disturbed lands.
|A Mojave fringe-toed lizard spotted on the site of the proposed Calico Solar project site last year.|