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Permits, weather delay solar Project again

By Ann Peterson
Managing editor

RVs moving back to storage 1-16-19
News Photo by Mike DiCarlo The RVs that were temporarily moved to Upper Golden Rain Road will return to the RV parking lot on the Mutual Operations Department, until the solar array project begins probably in the spring.

Additional permitting issues and the possibility of rain have delayed the start of construction for two solar farms at the Mutual Operations Department (MOD).

Final permitting for the project is expected in February, said Jeff Matheson, Resident Services Department director. “Then, it’s weather dependent as to when they can actually take over the hill and get going,” he added.

The solar arrays will be installed on a hillside off Rockview Drive and over an RV storage lot behind MOD.

Feasibility discussions for the project began in 2015 but permitting issues have repeatedly disrupted the project’s timetable. In anticipation of breaking ground, some of the RVs from the storage lot were temporarily moved to streets throughout Rossmoor late last year.

Now, some of those RVS will move back to the storage lot – until they need to be relocated again for the actual start of construction. Those RVs are currently located on Upper Golden Rain Road, where some have fallen prey to vandals or thieves.

Matheson said MOD officials will notify RV owners individually if they are slated to move. Owners who are contacted will be assigned a spot in the lot, but Matheson emphasized, “Don’t just show up. They will be notified if we want them to move.”

Some of the RVs will need to remain in their temporary location on the streets in Rossmoor.

“Because of some electrical work in the lot,” Matheson explained, “we don’t have room to bring all of them back.”

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