Jacumba Springs residents fighting massive solar farm project
JACUMBA SPRINGS (KUSI) – It’s a modern-day battle between David and Goliath and it’s all playing out in the tiny town of Jacumba Springs.
A Germany-based corporation is proposing a 600-acre solar farm right in the middle of the valley.
The people in Jacumba Springs are pushing for a compromise.
“JVR Energy Park will be a major step forward in helping the San Diego region meet its clean energy goals, providing enough clean, reliable energy to power the homes of tens of thousands San Diegans. We have taken extra care to mitigate the impacts of the project on the surrounding community, including setting aside 435 acres for natural habitat, and creating setbacks, with fencing and landscaping from the town and Old Highway 80. We remain committed to being good neighbors through the life of the project by working with the community to develop solutions that can improve the area and the quality of life for those who live and visit there,” said BayWa Solar Projects Executive Vice President Geoff Fallon.
KUSI’s Dan Plante spent the day in Jacumba with more details.