By Miriam Raftery
December 20, 2012 (Boulevard) –Soitec Solar has applied for amendments to the Boulevard Community Plan in order to build for commercial/industrial-scale solar projects totaling 8,938,000 square feet (over 1,400 acres) of concentrating solar PV. The “super modules”, each 30 feet tall, would track the sun to produce renewable energy. The largest of the projects, Rugged Solar, is proposed for property owned by Hamann Companies of El Cajon.
At a meeting with county staff in Boulevard on December 18, about two dozen people braved cold and stormy weather to attend. “None of the local property owners supported the projects,” Boulevard Planning Group Chair told ECM after the meeting. “They were in shock when I distributed copies of the attached photos.”