Tag: Williamson Act

Appeals Court Finds in Favor of Solar Project Over Agricultural Use

The California Court of Appeal for the Sixth District issued its decision in Save Panoche Valley v. San Benito County, finding that the public interest in developing the Panoche Valley Solar Farm (Project) outweighs the public interest in maintaining the agricultural use of the land on which the Project will be built.  The decision is … Continue Reading

Fresno Court Denies Farm Bureau Challenge to Williamson Act Cancellation for Solar Project

The Fresno County Superior Court has denied the California Farm Bureau Federation’s challenge to Fresno County’s cancellation of a Williamson Act contract to accommodate a solar generating project.  The decision is the first to take on the interplay between the Williamson Act’s goals to protect agricultural land and the State’s directive to increase reliance on … Continue Reading

Governor Brown Signs Two More Bills to Streamline Renewable Energy Development in California: SB 267 and SB 618

California has two more laws in place to help facilitate development of renewable energy projects after Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 267 and Senate Bill 618 over the weekend.  SB 267 modifies the existing requirements to prepare a water supply assessment for projects that meet certain size thresholds.  Under the new law, a photovoltaic or … Continue Reading
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