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For Immediate Release: August 4, 2008
Media Contact: Percy Della - 916-654-4989

M E D I A     A D V I S O R Y

Attention Editors:
Workshop on Carrizo Energy Solar Farm on August 5

Staff of the California Energy Commission will conduct a workshop for the proposed 177-megawatt Carrizo Energy Solar Farm proposed for eastern San Luis Obispo County. All interested agencies and members of the public are invited to participate.

When: Tuesday, August 5, 2008, beginning at 6pm

Where: Community Center, Carrisa Plains Heritage Association, 10750 Carrisa Highway (State Route 58 near Simmler and California Valley and about 44 miles east of San Margarita)

Who: Energy Commission staff has provided the applicant, Ausra Energy three sets of data requests. In this workshop staff will focus on the areas of biological resources, noise, traffic and transportation, soil and water resources and visual resources.

Why: Following the workshop, staff will consider the responses and comments it receives, and if necessary submit another round of data requests, in order to prepare a preliminary staff assessment containing an initial analysis of issues and recommendations for mitigation and conditions of certification.

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.

The solar farm will be developed on 640 acres in eastern San Luis Obispo County, California, immediately adjacent to California State Route 58 (SR-58/Carrisa Highway) and approximately three miles west of Simmler. If licensed by the Commission it will begin construction in 2009. The project is expected to go on line and contribute electricity to the grid before May 2010.

Throughout the project's 12-month licensing review, the Energy Commission will conduct public workshops and hearings in San Luis Obispo County on the proposed plant to determine whether it should be certified for a license and under what set of conditions.

More information on the Carrizo Energy Solar Farm is available at:


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