Solar Power Plants Burden The Counties That Host Them

Eager for jobs and tax money, Mojave Desert counties welcomed big solar projects. But they may have been too optimistic. And expanding emergency services and infrastructure isn't cheap.When it comes to attracting business to California's eastern deserts, Inyo County is none too choosy.

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    02/2/2018 - 11:00 am | View Link
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    06/15/2017 - 3:14 am | View Link
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