18 January 2011

Environmental permitting final for AV Solar Ranch One

First Solar Inc of Tempe, AZ, USA, which makes thin-film photovoltaic (PV) modules based on cadmium telluride (CdTe) as well as providing engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services, says that the Environmental Impact Report for the 230MW AV Solar Ranch One photovoltaic solar project in Los Angeles County has become final and non-appealable.

The milestone occurred on 7 January, 30 days after the county Board of Supervisors unanimously rejected an appeal from an earlier decision of the Los Angeles Regional Planning Commission approving the Conditional Use Permit and related Environmental Impact Report for the project. Parties had 30 days from the Board of Supervisors action within which to initiate a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court challenging the Board’s decision, pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act. No legal actions were filed.

Construction is expected to begin in 2011, with completion by the end of 2013. During construction, the project will employ up to 400 workers.

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