Solar energy project scheduled for supervisors’ vote on Feb. 6

UPDATE, Feb. 6: In a 4-1 vote today, San Diego County Board of Supervisors approved Sol Orchard’s proposal to construct a solar energy project at Warnock Drive and Ramona Street. Supervisor Dianne Jacob, whose District 2 includes Ramona, cast the dissenting vote.

The Sol Orchard proposal to construct a solar energy project at Warnock Drive and Ramona Street heads to the County Board of Supervisors for a vote on Feb. 6.

The project calls for solar panels on 42.7 acres of the 110-acre farm in the 1600 block of Warnock Drive. The owner of the farm would lease the land to Sol Orchard for 25 years.

Neighboring residents and the Ramona Community Planning Group (RCPG) have opposed the project, saying it would be incompatible with community character, create visual blight in an agricultural area, and contribute to the loss of prime farmland.

The project was approved by the county Planning Commission on Oct. 19. That decision was appealed by the RCPG and Citizens for a Rural Ramona (CFARR).

On behalf of the RCPG, Chair Jim Piva, Vice Chair Scotty Ensign and Secretary Kristi Mansolf plan to give a presentation to the supervisors on the solar farm’s visual impact to neighbors.

RCPG member Donna Myers, who lives across from the proposed site, said CFARR would also be making a presentation to the supervisors. In addition, planning group member Matt Deskovick said he hopes to attend and speak against the project, either as a representative of the RCPG or as a resident.

The Board of Supervisors meetings begin at 9 a.m. in the County Administration Center, 1600 Pacific Highway, Room 310, in San Diego.

For more information, see, or call 619-531-5600.

—Karen Brainard

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