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The Aramis Renewable Energy Project, developed by Intersect Power, would cover about 350 acres of private pastureland with solar arrays that can generate 100 megawatts of carbon-free electricity.

The Aramis Renewable Energy Project, developed by Intersect Power, would cover about 350 acres of private pastureland with solar arrays that can generate 100 megawatts of carbon-free electricity.

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California Nimbys Threaten Biden’s Clean Energy Goals

Ranchers, farmers and environmentalists are coming together to oppose what would be the largest solar plant built in the San Francisco Bay area, a project local officials say is critical to the state meeting its climate goals.

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Like many who live in this pastoral valley near Livermore, Calif., Chris O’Brien is a believer in renewable energy. The 61-year old logistics business owner outfitted his barn with solar panels that power his 50-acre ranch where he grows oat hay, raises horses and grazes cattle.

“Everyone here is in favor of green energy,” O’Brien said.