Utility-scale solar power requires setting up large arrays of solar panels on open land. Since large tracts of sunny, unused land are pretty hard to come by, large-scale solar developers occasionally face opposition from stakeholders who ascribe other value to land that could otherwise be developed for solar.
California's sunny climate has long been an envied trademark of the West Coast. But as the renewable energy industry continues to establish itself as a major player in the shifting U.S. economy, the Golden State's warm appeal is reaching uncharted temperatures -- literally. The focus here is on converting the sun's heat into electricity.