Solar-Agriculture Compatability Law Drafted

By The Associated Press
|  Monday, Jul 25, 2011  |  Updated 6:28 AM PDT
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Solar-Agriculture Compatability Law Drafted

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A California county is drafting a solar power law designed to protect agriculture. The Yolo County ordinance would require solar project applicants to prove there is no available non-prime farmland nearby and would require developers to set aside land for farming and wildlife.

The Sacramento Bee says a vote on the ordinance could come as early as September. Big solar projects are blossoming in California because of a new state law requiring utilities to obtain 33 percent of their power from renewable sources.

The deadline for hitting the 33 percent mark is 2020. Plans for a solar law come as developers Angelo Tsakopoulos and Phil Angelides propose rows of metal and concrete solar panels on 688 acres of rice-growing land in Yolo County near Interstate 80 and the Yolo Causeway.

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