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A group of Ramona residents and a labor union have joined forces to fight a 42.7-acre solar plant proposed for the southern portion of Ramona.

The group, Concerned Ramona Citizens, and Laborers International Union of North America Number 89, along with two other residents filed the lawsuit against the County, the Board of Supervisors, and Sol Orchard, the company proposing the solar plant, on March 11.

If approved, the solar plant will be built on a 110-acre farm owned by a local rancher and may potentially deliver an estimated 7.5 megawatts of energy to nearby SDG&E transmission lines.

Opponents, which include the Ramona Community Planning Group and the Citizens for a Rural Ramona, say the project isn’t a good fit for the area.

On February 6, County Supervisor Dianne Jacob was the only supervisor that agreed. The other supervisors voted to deny the efforts by residents to appeal the project.

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