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Supervisors seek review of proposed solar plant

DWP wants to build solar facility on former Palmdale airport site

Posted: February 26, 2009 4:40 a.m.
Updated: February 25, 2009 11:00 p.m.

PALMDALE, Calif. (AP) - Los Angeles County officials directed on Tuesday a review into the legality of building a solar power plant on parts of a 17,750-acre site bought decades ago for use as an international airport.

The Board of Supervisors made the request after county Supervisor Mike Antonovich, whose district includes the site in the city of Palmdale, said the land's original owners had been required to sell their property through eminent domain specifically for an airport, which was never built. Antonovich wants to know what rights those owners have to the land.

Los Angeles began buying the land in the 1970s for a global airport at a cost of more than $100 million. But demand failed to materialize and officials instead created a small regional airport. A handful of airlines have come and gone from the airport over the years.

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power wants to build the solar facility on 4,000 largely undeveloped acres of the high desert property.

Backers say it would generate up to 100 megawatts of clean energy and help the city comply with Measure B, a proposition on the March 3 Los Angeles ballot that would require the city to generate 400 megawatts of electricity from solar installations by 2014.

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press


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