San Gabriel Valley Water and Power plans solar facility at Tres Hermanos

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San Gabriel Valley Water and Power (SGVWP) has outlined its plans for the Tres Hermanos Ranch Property, soon to be under the control of a Joint Powers Authority composed of representatives from Industry, Chino Hills and Diamond Bar. The project includes solar power as well energy storage facilities.

The solar panel installation will generate up to 200 megawatts (MW) of power on approximately one-third of the 2,450-acre property. A 2,500-megawatt facility, which could power as many as 410,000 homes, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association, is also planned. It will serve nearby disadvantaged communities, according to SGVWP.

The installation will take up about one-third of the 2,450-acre facility, with the rest open to the public. Trails would be created throughout the area for hiking.

According to SGVWP, the project could create as many as 4,000 jobs, which would use union and veteran labor, through partnerships with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the Los Angeles/Orange Counties Building and Construction Trades Council.

“There are many reasons why this project should be built,” Anthony Barkett, Managing Partner of SGVWP, said. “It’s time Southern California gets serious and prioritizes renewable energy projects.”

The Tres Hermanos Ranch, a 2,500-acre property in Diamond Bar and Chino Hills, has been at the center of three years of negotiation and debate between the three cities involved in the settlement. Historically, the area has been used for cattle grazing, though plans to develop it have been long in the works.

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