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Palmdale's Stalled Airport Land Could Become Solar Power Plant

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A 17,750-acre piece of land in Palmdale purchased in the early 1970s by Los Angeles World Airports could find renewed purpose if it is developed as a solar power plant, reports the LA Times.

A proposal set forth yesterday by the Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners outlines a plan to turn 7,500 to 10,000 acres of the unused land into a solar power plant, leaving the rest for an eventual commercial airport--granted not the "intercontinental jetport" envisioned by the commission over thirty years ago that would have been "a global airport capable of handling supersonic transports and 100 million passengers a year."

Demand for air travel direct to the Antelope Valley as an alternative to LAX has yet to reach the height, however, such a project warrants. In fact, United Airlines was the last airline to cease serving Palmdale via U.S. Air Force runways in December 2008.