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#63 Feb 20, 2012
American Land Trust Inc Facebook Page/Stan Krol Land speculators see silver lining in solar projects
Remote, inhospitable desert land gains new value as developers seek sites for renewable energy. Industry observers caution that not every owner is going to make a fortune.
Graphic: Land ownership in the Mojave Desert Region
Problems cast shadows of doubt on solar project
Wind power blowing up in California
New DOE maps show wind energy potential in U.S.
Julie Cart, Los Angeles Times
February 18, 2012
Reporting from Ripley, Calif.— For Sale: 3,400 acres in the desert.
• No paved roads. Check.
• Isolated. Ideal.
• Land not suitable for farming. Perfect.
• Blistering sunshine. Jackpot.
• Asking price:$34 million. Deal.
As large-scale solar development has spooled out into Southwestern deserts, the modern-day gold rush is about more than renewable energy. Solar companies and land speculators are gobbling up scarce private land in the California deserts, driving prices up 10- to 20-fold, or even higher.
Desolate acreage that a few years ago might have sold for less than $500 an acre can now fetch as much as $20,000 an acre, according to land brokers in the region. Farmers are also getting in on the action. Alfalfa and cotton fields are being converted to solar and wind farms as the industry's big players put together mega-deals.
"It's mind-boggling what's happening," said Jean Laborde of Bakersfield, a former farmer who has been selling agricultural land in the Mojave and adjacent Colorado deserts for 45 years.
Laborde has made a killing lately. About 10 years ago, one of his clients listed 750 barren acres near the town of Mojave, but Laborde couldn't sell it. He finally bought the land himself for $350 an acre. "There's no water, the wind blows all the time," he said. "Everyone said this was a Godforsaken place."
Laborde held on to the property, then sold it a few years ago to someone who intended to build a solar power plant. Laborde won't disclose what the developer paid, but the price today would be $10,000 an acre, he said. "Turned out to be the best deal I ever made."
Real estate specialists warn that not all desert landowners will enjoy a similar payday, but try telling that to old-timers who hear about deals that have turned farmers into millionaires. A recent example is the family of alfalfa growers in Gila Bend, Ariz., who sold 3,000 acres of cropland to a consortium of investors, who then sold the land to Spanish solar giant Abengoa for $45 million.
Earlier this year Ari Swiller, who heads aLos Angeles-based renewable energy company, quietly gathered up 11,000 acres near Blythe — the largest aggregation of separate parcels the Riverside County assessor's office has seen in 15 years. Although the property hasn't been resold, Riverside County Assessor Larry W. Ward said land in the area that typically sells in "the low hundreds" per acre is now going for $2,000 to $3,000 an acre.
Solar companies are reluctant to speak publicly about land prices, partly out of fear that they will inflame an already overheated market. Developers try to fly beneath the real estate radar, often buying contiguous parcels under different names or through third parties to avoid igniting a land rush.
Most hire brokers or land scouts who bump along dirt roads trolling for cheap land. They, too, operate quietly and seldom disclose whom they represent.
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#73 Jul 31, 2012
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By SARA MURRAY
GDANSK, Poland—Mitt Romney will return his attention to economic issues during the final stop of his foreign tour in Poland, after drawing criticism Monday from Palestinians who said they found offensive his remarks about their standard of living.
compared with its Palestinian neighbors and suggested culture may have something to do with Israel's success.
"As you come here and you see the GDP per capita, for instance, in Israel which is about $21,000, and compare that with the GDP per capita just across the areas managed by the Palestinian Authority, which is more like $10,000 per capita, you notice such a dramatically stark difference in economic vitality," he told a group of donors gathered at the King David Hotel in Jerusalem. He added: "And that is also between other countries that are near or next to each other: Chile and Ecuador, Mexico and the United States."
But Mr. Romney's figures underestimated the actual gap between the economies. Per capita gross domestic product stood at $31,400 for Israel last year, while Palestinians' per capita GDP was $1,500 in 2010, according to an April 2012 World Bank report, which attributed the figure to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics.
of their future state. Mr. Romney has also signaled a tougher approach to Iran's nuclear ambitions, telling Israelis on Sunday that "no option should be excluded."
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney meets Israeli leaders and says that a nuclear-armed Iran would be "unacceptable". Courtesy Reuters. Photo: Reuters.
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During his visit to Israel, Mr. Romney didn't meet with Mahmoud Abbas, president of the Palestinian National Authority, but he did meet with the Prime Minister Salam Fayyad. While he spoke publicly about Middle East issues with Israeli leaders, he and Mr. Fayyad mainly stuck to the Olympics.
Mr. Romney will return to his primary focus, the economy, in his speech on Tuesday.
The Polish economy grew 4.3% in 2011—though it has slowed this year—and Poland was the only country in the European Union to dodge the effects of the 2008 financial crisis. It has been buoyed by domestic consumption and increasing exports. Romney campaign aides also are fond of the country's budget narrative: Amid rising deficits, officials cut government spending, and the economy is still growing. Mr. Romney regularly warns that ballooning U.S. budget deficits are sure to harm America's long-term prosperity.
Mr. Romney also met with Prime Minister Donald Tusk and continues his meetings with dignitaries Tuesday. He may be greeted with more skepticism from other Polish leaders, particularly his declaration that Russia is a top "geopolitical foe" of the U.S. The Polish government has worked to thaw its historically tense relationship with Russia by emphasizing cooperation.
"They are certainly worried about Russia, but I don't think they want to see us return to a new Cold War," said Stephen Flanagan, a defense and national security expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. "I'm not sure what the Poles are looking for is a tougher line on Russia. They're looking for more attention from Washington."
—Joshua Mitnick and Marcin Sobczyk contributed to this article.
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