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Owens Valley braces for possible new resource war as LADWP seeks the sun's gold

by Molly Peterson | Take Two®

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The first Los Angeles Aqueduct runs alongside the second aqueduct, which opened in 1970. Mae Ryan/KPCC

East of Highway 395, the sun rises over the reddish-brown Inyo Mountains. And it sets behind the snow-covered peaks of the Sierra Nevadas. In between and 10,000 feet below, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power wants to put 1 million solar panels on the flat of Owens Valley.

The idea is to solve a growing problem for the utility. L.A. has invested in a big transmission line up to the valley, but these days it's not carrying all the power it can.

KPCC's environment reporter Molly Peterson has the story.

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