Solar for Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park

“We need your help to bring a solar electric project to Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park,” according to SYRCL.

“Please send an e-mail to Governor Brown requesting his support today.

“Five easy steps:

  • Go to
  • Select “have comment” button
  • Choose subject “Budget Proposal – 2016-17”
  • On next page, Click “pro”
  • Let Governor Brown know why you support SB 826 to include $700,000 in the 2016-17 State Budget for a solar electric project at Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park.
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“Here are a few thoughts you can include in your e-mail to the Governor (cut, paste, edit and sign!):

“Dear Governor Brown,

“I request your support for SB 826 to include $700,000 in the 2016-17 State Budget for a solar electric project at Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park.

“A solar project at Malakoff State Park, with its history of human-caused environmental destruction, could serve as a state and national model for a green and more economically efficient rural State park, and leave a legacy of sustainability.  The Park is well-used by locals and tourists alike for hiking and recreation, and by the local school district for educational field trips.

“Currently, the State spends at least $70,000 per year to run generators for lights and security systems at the Park that protect 100,000 historic artifacts.  Due to the remote location, PG&E estimated it would cost $2 million to bring conventional electricity to the Park, not including right-of-way access.

“State Parks estimates the cost to construct the solar project at $700,000.  This modest investment will save the Park money and reduce a major infrastructure operation cost.  It will also enable the campground to expand, adding amenities to attract more visitors and help grow the economy of the surrounding area.”

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.

5 thoughts on “Solar for Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park”

  1. This is the link to send a letter to Gov. Brown, according to Brown’s website. It is down for a short time, but will be back up again soon.

  2. here’s what I submitted:
    I love the Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park. My ancestors came over in the gold rush and although they didn’t directly participate in the hydraulic massacre of lands (my great grandfathers hard-rock mined), it is a scar on our land, a familiar beauty of etched geology, and a necessary reminder of brash action for temporary gain. For every visitor to this park now looking and contemplating the everlasting and devastating consequence of greed, I would want this strangely beautiful park to now have a forward energy profile by using solar energy for its operating needs – showing where we were…and where we are now investing in the future of the planet.

  3. Thank-you for calling this to my attention. I added this to the top of mine, and the cut and paste to the bottom.

    Dear Governor Brown,

    I am Pro the Malakoff Diggings solar project, and agree with all the points in the letter below the row of S*T*A*R*S.

    I would also like to add that this project could be made even more useful if some additional funding was included to make the power installation an educational site for solar power.

    In addition, I believe that the folks at the Nevada County Train Museum would help with a historical
    re-creation of model railroads, one illustrating various forms of mining railroads, and/or an exhibit of the Grass Valley – Nevada City trolley line of the early 20th century. It is also worth noting that the New Rome Powerhouse, is less than 7 miles away, the birthplace of PG&E, and one of the earliest examples of hydropower in the nation.


    Doug Keachie,

    (supporter of high speed rail, yours and Elon Musk’s version of the same thing. My first vote ever helped get BART started, first rode the Capitol Corridor at age 11, to get to the State Fair from Berkeley.)


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