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Mendota solar farm receives state approval

The California Public Utilities Commission has approved plans for a 5-megawatt solar farm to be built near Mendota by San Francisco-based Cleantech America LLC.

Plans for the photovoltaic solar farm, one of the largest being built in the state, were first announced in June. It would generate enough electricity to power about 7,800 homes at peak capacity, and its power will be bought by Pacific Gas & Electric Co. under a 20-year purchase agreement.

Kings County receives enterprise zone renewalKings County is one of eight regions in California to receive preliminary approval for renewal of their status as enterprise zones where businesses can receive tax breaks for hiring disadvantaged employees and other incentives, Gov. Schwarzenegger's office announced Thursday.

The new designations will take the place of previous designations that are set to expire over the coming months and will last for 15 years. They include Kings County, Siskiyou County, San Joaquin County, East Los Angeles, Salinas Valley, Oakland, West Sacramento and Santa Ana.

What to do with e-wasteDon't just toss your old computers, monitors, televisions and other electronic items into the garbage.

Instead, go to and figure out where you can recycle them. There are more than 600 locations statewide, including about a dozen in Fresno County.

The California Integrated Waste Management Board says it is illegal to throw away old television sets and computer monitors because of the hazardous materials they contain. E-waste products include laptop computers, portable DVD players and plasma and LCD televisions. For more information, go to