Not all green energy projects are created equal - At over 600 acres, JVR Energy Park is by far the largest solar project ever proposed in San Diego County and at the same time, the only project that is literally inside a village boundary. It is 6 times the size of the town it will box into a corner. The placement of this project is absurd and the lack of consideration for the community it is being proposed next to would never be tolerated in any other San Diego Community. We begged the developer time and time again to consider our small town in their design. They refused. We do not have to destroy entire communities and local economies to reach our goals. This is wrong and unsustainable.
We do not need to destroy a community to reach our goals – SDGE is already at over 40% renewable energy, well ahead of the 2020 goal of 33% and will easily reach its goal of 45% by 2024. We can easily and ethically reach our 100% renewable goals by 2035 without sacrificing communities. There are over 2,000 Mega Watts of projects in line to get on the PowerLink. We have lots of renewable resources in our area. It is like musical chairs and everyone is fighting for a seat, we can pass on bad ideas like JVR Energy Park, someone else will take the spot.
Our residents have a right to exist and work. Our community’s only economic engine is tourism and the current project design will devastate its economy and deter visitors from visiting. Prescribing stagnant job creation and poverty for generations to come.
No community feedback - They came to our community when the ink was dry, the plan was drawn, and have been trying to buy support with cash offers for park improvements and other offers. We have asked over and over again, we just want space, we don't want you to build an unnecessary switchyard that is permanent, we want back-up power and a micro-grid so we can get power from this facility, we want to be considered in the layout of this project. The developer has completely stonewalled us on our most basic asks for consideration and instead has a consultant in our community trying to buy of local support with free offerings of money in exchange for a letter of support. This is WRONG. They should have STARTED this process open, transparent, with community feedback and planning so we could come up with an appropriate project for our community TOGETHER. Not try to buy off low-income residents with cash.
Sound, glare, heat – this project will produce permanent sound from the tracking panels, glare and heat directly next to our town - that will affect our community for generations and our concerns should be taken seriously. The developer is stonewalling our community.
Not Ethical – Jacumba Hot Springs median household income is $32,000, 39% of the state median. 51% Hispanic 37% White 11% Native American. The scale of this particular project will have irreversible damage on our families and the future of our residents. Why does such a low-income community have to shoulder the burden when the wealthier communities, that are buying this power, have so little green energy development of their own, in their parking lots, roof tops, and open spaces. Is this not the same old mistakes of the past, taking advantage of low income communities while claiming progressive values.
We are not NIMBYs (Not In My Backyard) – We are ARBYs – Already in our BackYard. Our tiny, picturesque community has already shouldered an outsized infrastructure burden that benefits all San Diegans. Our tiny community already has 5 major renewable energy developments, the 58 acre ECO Substation and the 108 Acre Jacumba Solar Project, and 3 high voltage lines running through our village, the Sunrise PowerLink, the Southwest Powerlink and the Boulevard 138KV ECO Link. This does not include being surrounded by wind farms. We just want to save this one area closest to our village, that is within our village boundary, for our future and preservation of our scenic landscape and for the sustainability of our wildlife.
Wildlife - This project will have permanent impacts on species such as the Tri-Colored Blackbird, Quino Checkered Butterfly, Golden Eagles and is being built at the upper watershed of the Carrizo Gorge, home to the Peninsular Big Horn Sheep.
SDCP – (San Diego Community Power) which provides power for coastal communities, (San Diego, Encinitas, Chula Vista, La Mesa) signed the Power Purchase Agreement before the Final Environmental Impact Report was even released. We ask the supervisors demand community choice aggregators like SDCP adhere to their charters and put people first and San Diego Communities first by only sourcing ethical power that has finished being reviewed for its impacts, approved by the board and does not destroy another San Diego Community. Do not support rushed and unethical renewable energy development.
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