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USA Today looked at the challenges that Stirling Energy, a private Arizona-based company, faces in building a solar project that would supply San Diego with renewable energy.

The project aims to build a massive 12,000-dish solar array on publicly owned land in Imperial County. It would provide San Diego Gas & Electric with 300 megawatts of solar energy — enough to power almost 200,000 homes.

USA Today sorts through the optimism and skepticism surrounding the project and adds this curious context:

Getting all of Stirling’s power to consumers may also be difficult. For Stirling to get the 900 megawatts to San Diego Gas & Electric, the utility needs a new 150-mile transmission line. Like most power lines, it’ll likely prove controversial.

Likely? The controversy over the proposed Sunrise Powerlink has already arrived.

ROB DAVIS

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