A new crop has begun to flourish in Imperial County and many groups want in on the harvest.
Unions, environmental groups and even farmers reaped cash settlements and jobs out of a solar boom that’s converted thousands of acres of Imperial County farmland into solar projects.
They used the state’s premier environmental law as leverage.
Two environmental groups and farmers who joined in their environmental lawsuits walked away with cash settlements. And one union sued over two projects whose developers hadn’t agreed to sign project labor agreements with its members.