March 12, 2012 (Holtville) – “Why are billions of our tax dollars going to fund large-scale energy development on our public lands instead of to home and business owners for developing rooftop solar?” asks Terry Weiner with the Desert Protective Council and Solar Done Right. Massive solar and wind developments are planned for San Diego and Imperial County, many on public lands, others on prime agricultural croplands.
On Wednesday, March 14 from 7:30 to 11 a.m., activists from throughout California plan to stage a demonstration outside the Barbara Worth Resort in Holtville (Imperial County), where the “Renewable Energy Summit and Expo” is being held.
“There is not a single speaker invited to speak on the potential of rooftop solar development and distributed generation as a means of creating jobs and meeting Imperial Valley’s Renewable Energy needs,” Weiner said.
Advocates of the policies Weiner supports have similarly been excluded from many other conferences on renewable energy, yet industry representatives touting large-scale wind and solar developments are frequent speakers and sponsors of such events, along with utility companies such as San Diego Gas & Electric.
The demonstration will be held outside the grounds of the Barbara Worth Resort on Country Club Road in Holtville, three miles east of El Centro in Imperial Valley.
ECM has left a message for the president of the Imperial Valley Economic Development Council, host of the conference, requesting details on speakers and asking whether a representative of those advocating for rooftop solar and distributed generation as alternative means of creating jobs and meeting regional power needs will be included at the event.