For Immediate Release: November 21, 2008
Media Contact: Percy Della - 916-654-4989

MEDIA ADVISORY

Site visit and informational hearing/scoping meeting for
proposed SES Solar Two Project

All interested parties will learn more about the proposed two-phase 750-megawatt SES Solar Two Project during a site visit and informational/scoping meeting in Imperial County

When: Monday, November 24, 2008

Where: Board Chambers, Imperial County Administration Center 940 West Main Street, Suite 211, El Centro

The public information/scoping meeting begins at 2pm. A bus departs from the county administration center at 3:30pm for the site visit.

Who: The Energy Commission and the federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will conduct the informational/scoping meeting to discuss the proposed project. The Energy Commission and the BLM have entered into an agreement for a joint review of thermal projects above 50 megawatts on federal land. The SES Solar Two Project requires both federal and state approval. Energy Commissioner Jeff Byron, presiding member and Commission Chairman Jackalyne Pfannenstiel, alternate member of the Energy Commission committee reviewing the proposed facility will be at 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.

Why: The proposed SES Solar Two project owned by Stirling Energy Systems would include 30,000 25-kilowatt solar dish Stirling systems (referred to as SunCatchers), associated equipment and systems, and support infrastructure. The 6,500-acre project site is mostly on federal Bureau of Land Management Land near Ocotillo Wells in Imperial County.

What: If approved, construction on the plant is targeted to begin either late 2009 or early 2010. Although construction would take approximately 40 months to complete, renewable power would be available to the grid as each 60-unit group is completed.

For additional details on the SES Solar Two project, click on:
http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/solartwo/index.html

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