Wednesday, November 25, 2020 4:16 am

La Paz approves steps toward second solar project

By John Gutekunst | Parker Pioneer

There is a second solar project planned for eastern La Paz County. At their meeting Nov. 2, the County Board of Supervisors held public hearings and approved three actions for a proposed solar energy project from Eolus North America, Inc.

The actions approved by the board included a Major Comprehensive Plan Adjustment, a Conditional Use Permit, and a rezoning from Rural Agricultural-40 acres (RA-40) to Public Utility (PU). The project will be built on land currently held by the Arizona State Land Department, and will be adjacent to the land the Bureau of Land Management conveyed to the county for solar development.

A spokesperson for the project, attorney Benjamin Graff, said these measures were required as part of the State Land Department’s process for selling land to private users. In response to a question from County Administrator Ron Drake, Graff said the process with the land department could take up to a year.

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