US solar project faces opposition over power lines

One of the world's largest solar power operations, situated in the southern California desert, is facing fierce opposition to a planned 240-kilometre high-voltage transmission line that would cut through pristine parkland to reach the city of San Diego.

San Diego Gas & Electric Co.’s power line would cut through the middle of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Associated Press described the park as a site known for its hiking trails, wildflowers, palm groves, cacti and spectacular mountain views.

Renewable energy companies seek cheap land in remote spots where they can harness abundant sun and wind. Utility executives say no one will build plants without power lines to connect those remote spots to big cities.

But environmentalists say renewable power should be generated closer to heavily populated areas. One plan is to site solar panels on Los Angeles-area rooftops.

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