A DANGEROUS PRECEDENT
In mid-October the Saguache County Commissioners gave the 1,525-acre (2.3 mile2) Tessera Solar project the green light despite the failure of the company to provide critical information – setting a dangerous precedent that could undermine the 1041 permitting process and put a poorly conceived massive industrial development one step closer to approval.
- NOISE from 5,760 Stirling engines greatly EXCEEDS state and county noise limits and will radiate widely in our acoustically sensitive valley (listen and view SunCatchers here)
- 140 MILES OF ROADS and TRENCHES will obliterate hundreds of acres of wetlands, wildlife and degrade water quality. Tessera is avoiding 404-permit compliance required by the Clean Water Act.
- DUST from clearing the ground-cover will degrade AIR QUALITY and speed SNOWMELT
- LAND VALUES and SUSTAINABILITY of our Saguache County ranching economy could be seriously reduced marking the beginning of industrialization of the northern San Luis Valley.
- Emergency management risks of on-site HYDROGEN PRODUCTION greatly exceeds the capacity of local responders to deal with.
- The health, welfare and safety of the citizens of Saguache County will be protected and served – FAILS
- All reasonable alternatives have been assessed and the proposed action represents the best interests of [ALL] of this County and resources in the impact area – FAILS
- The natural and socio-economic environment of this County will be protected and enhanced – FAILS
- A satisfactory program to mitigate and minimize adverse impacts has been presented – FAILS
- The nature and location of the facility complies with all applicable provisions of the master plan, solar guidelines, …and other regional, metropolitan, state and national plans – FAILS
THE PROPOSED BENEFITS?
- As many jobs/lives will be adversely affected as enhanced while surrounding property values will go to zero.
- Most construction jobs will go to people outside the County.
- Lodging, materials purchases and the associated sales taxes will go outside the county.
- Permanent jobs for County residents will be mostly window washing at night. Is that the kind of job you want for your kids?
- Operational sales taxes are based on unknown SunCatcher efficiency and weather
In other words….it won’t be what they claim.
SOLAR DONE RIGHT
With proven policy incentives like Feed-in tariffs and Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing, the San Luis Valley could meet 100% of its energy needs through distributed energy generation. Locally based energy would generate many more quality jobs and put solar profits in the pockets of business owners, farmers, ranchers, residents and our communities – not flowing out of the valley into the coffers of utility companies leaving us with an industrial wasteland and spiraling utility bills.
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD The 3 Saguache County Commissioners, Sam Pace, Linda Joseph and Mike Spearman have the sole power of decision on Tessera’s permit application. You can help redirect this misguided project by taking the following action:
- Sign the PETITION to Deny Tessera’s 1041 Permit Application distributed in public places around Saguache County and the SLV, or sign online above.
- Attend the PUBLIC HEARING on MON., Dec. 6, 2010. Tessera presents at 2 pm, the public comment period follows, from 4-7 pm 501 4th Street - Saguache County Courthouse (at Cristy) Saguache. Check http://www.saguachecounty.net/depts/landuse/ for updates and agenda.
- Submit COMMENTS for consideration by the County now until 4 pm FRIDAY, November 19th to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- SHARE your comments and concerns with friends, family and others who you know care about the future of the San Luis Valley and responsible renewable energy development. Send you LETTERS to newspaper Editors to help build awareness of these important issues.
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