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I have some questions about the solar plan

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   Regarding the proposed solar panel installation on the Carrizo Plain, some questions come immediately to mind.
   Based on the photos I saw, it looks like the panels would be very close to the ground. The plain has endangered animal species: tule elk, pronghorn antelope, kit fox, and California condor, among a dozen others. How it would affect them?
   How many acres would be taken over by the solar array? How much human activity will there be, and what would be the resultant ecological damage?
   What is the expected life of the solar panels? From what I read and hear, installations of photovoltaic systems are still not financially feasible. What will happen when the panels quit working? Will the owner just abandon the installation in a few years? How do we know the owner will not just declare bankruptcy to avoid removing the useless system and restoring the ecology?

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