KERMAN — On a recent morning, a worker behind the wheel of an excavator methodically rips apart large glass and metal panels at a PG&E solar plant that is no longer in use in this small, town on the west side of Fresno County.
In some sections of this Kerman field, solar panels are neatly stacked, ready to be hauled away at the dusty property just off a quiet roadway near vineyards.
The cleanup of this 10-acre site is well under way and expected to be complete by the time PG&E unveils a new, larger solar site in nearby Five Points in just a few weeks.
“We are doing demolition work, removing solar panels and support structures,” said PG&E spokesman Denny Boyles. “An e-waste recycler is taking the panels.”
The PG&E property was once a test site before it was retired in 1997. While PG&E has acknowledged it has been slow to clean up the property, it is doing so now at the request of neighborhood residents.
“By the end of September, we’re hopefully going to be done out there,” Boyles said.