From the Reporter
The Big Picture
San Diego Gas & Electric used a suspect solar power plan to help justify building a controversial power line that cuts through private property and pristine wilderness along a 117-mile swath of San Diego County’s backcountry and nearby desert.
The Proposal
A private company planned to build 12,000 solar dishes in the desert. But the technology was unproven and it couldn’t get financing. SDG&E canceled the deal two months ago.
The Failure’s Effect
Though SDG&E has added electricity from other green sources like wind, the utility today delivers the same amount of solar power to its customers that it did six years ago: nearly none.

Dagny Salas

Dagny Salas was web editor at Voice of San Diego from 2010 to 2013. She was an investigative fellow at VOSD from 2009 to 2010.

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