San Diego Environmental Groups Rake in Millions from Imperial Valley Solar Developers

About three years ago, two environmental nonprofits say they went to war on behalf of Imperial Valley farmers and the environment as developers pushed a crush of massive solar projects.

San Diego County-based Backcountry Against Dumps and the Protect Our Communities Foundation filed a half-dozen lawsuits alleging the approval of a slew of solar projects violated Imperial County’s general plan and CEQA, the state’s primary environmental law.

But the most apparent outcome of the lawsuits had nothing to do with the environment. Instead, the nonprofits took in millions of dollars in cash settlements.

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