City Hall Watch: Large solar farm garners approvalSan Francisco Examiner
May 06, 2009
One of the largest solar energy plants in California will soon open for businesses in the Sunset district.
The project was praised for boosting San Francisco’s production of solar energy and creating local jobs, although some members of the Board of Supervisors said the agreement shortchanged The City.
Both changes were rejected. Public Utilities Commission General Manager Ed Harrington said Mirkarimi’s proposal would “jeopardize” the project.
Supervisor Carmen Chu, who represents the Sunset, said the contract terms have “been [considered] for quite some time” and the agreement was the “best contract that is possible.”
“We can put forward a contract that says we want something for nothing, but at the end of the day that’s just not going to work,” Chu said.
Supervisor Chris Daly was not convinced The City was receiving the best deal.
The project approval was praised by Mayor Gavin Newsom’s spokesman, Nathan Ballard.
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