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Rescheduled site visit and informational hearing for proposed Ivanpah solar thermal plant to be held on January 25th
Community members will have the chance to learn more about the proposed 400-megawatt Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating Station at a site visit and informational/scoping hearing in San Bernardino County.
Friday, January 25 2008 (Rescheduled from January 4, 2008)
Primm Valley Golf Club, No. 1 Yates Well Road 4 miles southwest of Primm, Nevada. Exit Interstate 15 at Yates Well Road, San Bernardino County.
A bus departs from the Club at 12:15 p.m. for the site visit. The public informational/scoping hearing conducted by the Energy Commission and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) staff to discuss the proposed project will follow at the club's banquet room at 1 p.m. The Energy Commission and the BLM have entered into an agreement for a joint review of thermal projects above 50 megawatts on federal land
Energy Commissioner Jeffrey Byron, presiding member and Commission Vice Chairman James D. Boyd, alternate member of the Energy Commission committee reviewing the proposed facility will lead the site visit and informational hearing. These steps are the first in a formal process that allows all interested parties to participate in the review of the planned power plant.
The Energy Commission began the 12-month licensing process for the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating Station, the first solar thermal facility to be proposed in 16 years, on October 31, 2007. The project will develop three solar thermal power plants and shared facilities near Ivanpah Dry Lake in San Bernardino County, on land managed by the BLM. If licensed, the proposed project would be constructed in three phases: two 100-megawatt (MW) phases (known as Ivanpah 1 and Ivanpah 2) and a 200-MW phase (Ivanpah 3). The plants will be based on distributed power tower and heliostat mirror technology, in which heliostat (mirror) fields focus solar energy on power tower receivers near the center of each heliostat array. The total area required for all three phases would be 3,400-acres (or 5.3 square miles).
If approved by the Commission, construction of the project is expected to begin in early 2009, and targeted for completion in late 2012.
More information on the proposed Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System is available on the Energy Commission website at:
Since deregulation occurred in 1998, the Energy Commission has licensed or given small power plant exemptions to 64 power plants, totaling 24,066 MW. Thirty-nine licensed power plants are in operation, producing 13,087 MW. Since Gov. Schwarzenegger took office, 19 of these power plants, totaling 7,030 MW have been approved. In addition, 18 power plant projects are active in the Energy Commission's review process, representing 7,351 MW. More information about Energy Commission power plant projects is available at:
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