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Environmental costs go up for SunPower 

Over the last year and a half, the estimated cost of an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for SunPower’s proposed solar project in California Valley has gone from $674,800 to $939,705.

On Sept. 14, San Luis Obispo County supervisors approved the second amendment this year to the SunPower contract, adding another $145,405 to the estimated bill. SunPower is required to reimburse the county for all costs.

According to a county staff report, the environmental review needs more information on changes to the original project description, new alternative designs, further review of biological surveys, and additional analysis on PG&E transmission lines.

SLO County planning commissioners will begin public hearings on the project after the EIR is completed.

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