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Solar project back before Mohave County zoners

KINGMAN - Changes to the Sterling Solar Plant project slated for the area near Golden Shores returns to the Mohave County Planning and Zoning Commission's agenda Wednesday.

The commission continued four requests from Sterling Solar to change the technology for the plant after commissioners became concerned over what effect the new technology would have on the community and BNSF railroad. The plant, when finished, would generate 1,200-megawatts of power.

According to information provided to the commission, the company's main supplier of Stirling dish-engines, which look like giant mirrored satellite dishes, is no longer in business and Sterling Solar wants to use a different photovoltaic solar technology to finish the project.

In order to do so, the company requested changes to the text of the amendments to the County General Plan, Sterling Area Plan and rezone that were approved by the Board of Supervisors last year.

Several commissioners said there wasn't enough information to make a decision on the matter and asked Sterling representatives to return.

The commission will also consider a request to rezone three lots at the southwest corner of Highway 68 and Kayenta Road from agricultural-residential to general commercial for a commercial development that may include retail stores, offices and food services.

The commission will also determine whether it should recommend that a parcel of property rezoned to heavy manufacturing for a pre-cast ready mix cement plant in 2006 should revert to its original zoning, agricultural-residential.

No site plan

According to information provided to the commission, the property is located west of Interstate 40, approximately half a mile south of Griffith Road. The owner of the project has not submitted site plans and no permits have been filed.

The commission meets at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the County Administration Building, 700 W. Beale St.


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