This excerpt is from the April 14th edition of the New York Times (http://www.nytimes.com/2006/04/14/business/14solar.html?pagewanted=1&ei=5088&en=75ec5ae357544968&ex=1302667200&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss) Note that most of the NY Times article discusses T.J. Rodgers' involvement with a subsidiary of Cypress Semiconductor, called SunPower, that manufactures solar cells, however I've extracted the last four paragraphs at the end of the article specifically related to La Honda. T.J. Rogers owns a vineyard in the hills above La Honda which he calls Clos de la Tech.
"But even as Mr. Rodgers has become enthusiastic about one of the environmental movement's favorite technologies, he remains his prickly self, independent of the cause.
He is in the process of building an ambitious vineyard he has named Clos de la Tech in La Honda, a small community in the hills west of Silicon Valley. Local residents have accused him of contaminating their water supply with the runoff from his grapes, which are planted on the steep hillsides overlooking town.
Both sides are now awaiting the results of an environmental study.
"They're hassling me about the water," Mr. Rodgers said. "The good thing about the environmental impact report is that you get professional environmentalists who are trained scientists, who get away from the little girl who gets up in one of the meetings and says she found three dead rabbits in her backyard and wants to know if it was caused by the vineyard."
On April 21, this correction was printed under the article, "An article in Business Day last Friday about T. J. Rodgers, a Silicon Valley computer chip entrepreneur whose company has put a focus on solar power and who is building a vineyard near La Honda, Calif., referred imprecisely to the views of some residents near the vineyard. They are concerned that proposed development of a particular hillside will allow herbicides and pesticides to run off into a watershed that supplies 85 percent of their drinking water. They did not accuse Mr. Rodgers of having already contaminated the water."