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For Immediate Release: April 10, 2008
Media Contact: Percy Della - 916-654-4989

M E D I A     A D V I S O R Y

Public information workshop on proposed Carrizo solar farm project
scheduled for Saturday, April 12th

Attention Editors:

A joint public information workshop will be held for the 177-megawatt Carrizo Energy Solar Farm Project proposed for San Luis Obispo County.

Where: Multi-purpose room, Santa Margarita Elementary School, 22070 H Street, Santa Margarita.

When: Starting at 1 p.m., Saturday, April 12, 2008.

Who: Staff of the Energy Commission will inform all interested parties and members of the public about the Commission's power plant review process and staff's role in reviewing the project. Commission staff will also provide an update of the status of its independent analysis of technical areas identified to date where the potential exists for the project to cause an adverse impact, and provide information on how the public can participate in the review process.

For their part, representatives of the plant applicant, Ausra Energy of Palo Alto will talk about the company's plans for development of the solar farm project on 640-acres of unincorporated San Luis Obispo County near Simmler west of the Kern County line.

Why: The Saturday workshop is being held to provide members of the community, interested County residents and government agencies information and offer these parties opportunity to comment on the proposed project.

What: The Commission began review of the proposed plant's application on December 19, 2007. The project will incorporate Ausra's proprietary method of concentrating solar energy on pipes in an elevated receiver. The solar energy will boil water within a row of specially coated stainless steel pipes in an insulated cavity to produce saturated seam for generators. Steam used by the turbines would be condensed back to water and returned to the solar field. If licensed by the Commission, the solar farm will begin construction in 2009. The project is expected to go on line and contribute electricity to the grid before May 2010.

More information on the proposed plant is available at:


Since deregulation occurred in 1998, the Energy Commission has licensed or given small power plant exemptions to 65 power plants, totaling 24,566 MW. Thirty-eight licensed power plants are in operation, producing 13,087 MW. Since Gov. Schwarzenegger took office, 20 of these power plants, totaling 7,530 MW have been approved. In addition, 19 power plant projects are active in the Energy Commission's review process, representing 7,651 MW.

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