April 14, 2011
Sierra Club lawsuit against Calico Solar project rejected
by KAREN JONAS
The California Supreme Court rejected a Sierra Club lawsuit against the Calico Solar Project this week.
The Sierra Club filed a lawsuit in January against the project because it said the California Energy Commission had approved the Calico project improperly and did not take into account potential harm to plants and animals within the project boundary.
A spokesman for the Calico project declined to comment on the rejection of the lawsuit, but Dr. Robert Weisenmiller, chair of the California Energy Commission said in a statement that the commission was pleased that the court upheld the power plant review process for Calico.
The Calico solar plant — located near Newberry Springs on BLM land — will produce a total of 663.5 megawatts of solar energy once it is completed