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California’s burgeoning solar industry suddenly finds itself facing a challenge that’s worse than a week of rain — winning labor union support.
Companies that agree to hire union workers seem to sail through approval hearings. Those that buck the union system get hammered with environmental impact reviews, costs and delays.
The New York Times reports that when solar power developer Ausra wanted to build a solar plant, it was challenged by labor lawyers who were terribly worried about protecting the environment and animal habitats.
Ausra didn’t want to hire union workers.
BrightSource had agreed to hire union workers.
The NYTimes story warns that the battle over hiring union workers to build California’s solar power operations is expected to spread to all renewable energy projects.
The California Unions for Reliable Energy touts itself as specializing in conventional and renewable energy projects, “while protecting the state’s air, land and water from pollution.”
The NYTimes article is here.