Solar Project Held Up by Tribe


A federal judge has granted a Native American tribe’s motion to halt a 709-megawatt solar power plant project in Southern California’s Imperial Valley, agreeing with the tribe’s contention that it was inadequately consulted about the project, the Solar Home & Business Journal reported recently.

The Quechan Tribe of the Fort Yuma Indian Reservation filed the litigation against the U.S. Department of the Interior and the Bureau of Land Management, which is part of the department.

Known as the Imperial Valley Solar project, the initiative by Tessera Solar would employ 30,000 25-kilowatt sun catchers generating 709 megawatts of electricity. The tribe claims the project would permanently harm its cultural resources, according to the environmental-energy Web site Recharge News.