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Solar company's conservation deal troubles Kern ranchers

A novel but somewhat contentious agreement announced Wednesday is designed to allow four utility-scale solar farms to be built in eastern Kern County by ending grazing on a separate swath of federal property measuring 215,000 acres.

The arrangement is intended to make up for negative impacts Los Angeles-based Avantus' photovoltaic solar and battery installations could have on ecologically sensitive habitat in the vicinity of Boron and Mojave.

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