Solar squabble

Desert dwellers fed up with plans to place arrays throughout their region

In an interesting turn of events, environmentalists are increasingly saying nay to solar power.

Much of the scrutiny is in Southern California, especially desert regions, such as Desert Center, where residents Donna and Larry Charpied complain that giant solar arrays are overtaking the region.

Currently, more than 78,000 acres surrounding the couple’s jojoba farm are targeted for future solar projects, reported the Los Angeles Times. Critics say the potential projects would obstruct views and disrupt the habitat of important species. They also worry about the effect on the regions’ water supply.

The solar movement is spurred by recent California regulations requiring that 20 percent of the state’s power come from clean sources by 2010.