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San Diego Supervisors Consider Ramona Solar Farm

— Ramona residents hope to dim the enthusiasm for a project that would cover about 43 acres of land with huge solar collectors. Residents plan to air their concerns when the San Diego County Board of Supervisors hear the issue on Wednesday.

Aired 2/5/13 on KPBS News.

San Diego County Supervisors will decide Wednesday on the fate of a solar project near Ramona.

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A California solar farm.

Sol Orchard LLC is developing 19 large scale solar farms in San Diego County. In Ramona, the company wants to put huge solar collectors on 110 acres of land that is currently a dairy farm.

Donna Myers is a member of the group Citizens for a Rural Ramona. She lives right across the street from the project site and she says calling it a farm does not make it so.

"It's not a farm," said Myers. "It's an industry. And they should not have ever labeled it as a farm. Most people don't know the distinction. Sol Orchard. It sounds like something that's farming, but it isn't."

Supervisors will consider the project because it is being challenged by two community groups and a labor union.

A similar project in Valley Center won approval from the county, primarily because there was no opposition.

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