If you've been following the debates over development of renewable energy in southern California, you've heard it all; NIMBY, PIMBY, Feinstein this, monument that. You've read all about "green" energy development and conservationists pitted against one another in the expansive, sunny arena known as the Mojave Desert.
But have you heard about eSolar? They're taking the lead in developing solar in environmentally conscientious ways. They built a "concentrated" solar thermal power plant using advanced technology and smart planning to leave a smaller footprint than anyone else in the biz. And they developed the plant on previously disturbed private lands rather than destroying pristine desert habitat. Develop solar and preserve natural landscapes? Yes, it can be done. May the other developers follow in their (small) footprints.