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

MEDIA ADVISORY

Workshop on Beacon solar project to be held November 6

Staff of the California Energy Commission will conduct a workshop for the proposed 250-megawatt Beacon Solar Energy Project in Kern County. All interested agencies and members of the public are invited to participate.

When: Thursday, November 6, 2008, from 9am to 6pm

Where: Council Chambers, City Hall, 21000 Hacienda Boulevard, California City

Who: The data response and issue resolution will focus on data responses already received from the plant applicant and work toward resolving issues. These include potential impacts related to the proposed evaporation ponds, the proposed rerouting of Pine Tree Creek, mitigation plans and compensation ratios for special status species and associated habitat, water usage, potential impacts to groundwater, and evaluation of locations within the site, and transmission line boundaries that may be eligible for listing on the California Register of Historic Resources

Why: Following the workshop, staff will consider the responses and comments it receives, in preparing a preliminary staff assessment containing an initial analysis of issues and recommendations for mitigation and conditions of certification.

What: On March 14, 2008, the Energy Commission received an application for certification from Beacon Solar, LLC, a subsidiary of Florida Power and Light Energy. The proposed project is a concentrated solar electric generating facility proposed on 2,000 plus acres in eastern Kern County, California. The project would use parabolic trough solar thermal technology to produce electrical power from a steam turbine generator, fed from a solar steam generator.

If licensed by the Energy Commission, the solar thermal facility will begin construction in the third quarter of 2009, with commercial operations targeted for the third quarter of 2011.

Throughout the project's 12-month licensing review, the Energy Commission will conduct public workshops and hearings in Kern 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 Beacon Solar Energy project is available at: http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/beacon/index.html

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