For Immediate Release: December 12, 2008
Media Contact: Percy Della - 916-654-4989


Workshop on the initial assessment of the Carrizo Energy Solar Farm to be held on December 15th

What: The staff of the California Energy Commission will hold a workshop on outstanding issues identified in the Preliminary Staff Assessment (PSA) for the 177-megawatt Carrizo Energy Solar Farm proposed for eastern San Luis Obispo County. Members of the public and other interested parties are invited to attend.

When: Monday, December 15, 2008 from 2pm to about 5pm for the first session. More public participation and recap of the first session will start at 6pm.

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

Why: The PSA workshop will receive comments on the staff's analysis from the applicant, public, interveners in the proceeding, and local, state and federal agencies. Environmental and engineering related topics and any outstanding issues will be taken up. Discussions may include any of the topics contained in the PSA with a focus on Biology, Land Use, Noise, Soil & Water, Traffic & Transportation, and Visual Resources. Comments will be used to revise the PSA and complete the Final Staff Assessment, which will become staff's testimony in evidentiary hearings.

If licensed by the Energy Commission, the Carrizo Energy Solar Farm would be developed on 640 acres in eastern San Luis Obispo County, California, immediately adjacent to California State Route 58 (SR-58/Carrisa Highway) and about three miles west of Simmler. The applicant proposes to begin construction in 2009 and begin operation with a portion of its ultimate capacity by 2010. The applicant hopes to achieve full commercial operation by 2012.

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

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