About the Program
To balance the San Joaquin Valley’s groundwater basins, hundreds of thousands of acres of irrigated farmland may come out of production in the coming decades. Utility-scale solar development—already an attractive option for landowners—could help keep these lands economically productive, but it faces some obstacles. Can solar overcome these challenges and help support the region as a whole? Join us for an expert panel discussion.
This research and event are supported with funding from the Babbitt Center for Land and Water Policy at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, and California Strategic Growth Council’s Climate Change Research Program with funds from California Climate Investments.
11:00 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks
Caitlin Peterson, associate center director and research fellow, PPIC Water Policy Center
11:05 a.m. Presentation
Annabelle Rosser, research associate, PPIC Water Policy Center
11:15 a.m. Panel Discussion
Moderator: Andrew Ayres, research fellow, PPIC Water Policy Center
Erica Brand, project manager of land use and infrastructure policy, California Energy Commission
Dan Kim, principal and vice president, Golden State Clean Energy
Rey León, Mayor of Huron
Lorelei H. Oviatt, director, Kern County Planning and Natural Resources
12:00 p.m. Audience Q&A
12:15 p.m. Adjourn