On August 9, solar energy developers Sunpower Corp. and Topaz Solar Farms LLC, a subsidiary of First Solar Inc., and environmental groups have ended a dispute through a settlement. As a result, both parties have agreed to expand protection for wildlife in the San Luis Obispo County, where two large photovoltaic installations are planned for development. The agreement directs the two solar energy developers to provide further protection for various wildlife species and their habitats beyond the requirement of federal and state permits for proposed projects.