For Immediate Release: December 16, 2008
Media Contact: Percy Della - 916-654-4989

MEDIA ADVISORY

Attention Editors:
Staff workshop and second scoping meeting for
SES Solar Two Project to be held December 18

What: : The California Energy Commission and the Bureau of Land Management will conduct a data response and issues resolution workshop/scoping meeting for the Stirling Energy Systems Solar Two Project (SES Solar Two) proposed for Imperial County. All interested parties are invited to attend.

When: Thursday, December 18, 2008

The workshop will be from 1pm to 4pm (with a break of 1 hour, time permitting from 4 to 5pm). The public comment/ BLM scoping meeting will be from 5pm to 7pm.

Where: Board Chambers, Imperial County Administration Building,
940 Main Street, El Centro, California

Who: The Energy Commission and the BLM are currently reviewing Stirling Energy Systems Solar Two, LLC's (SES Solar Two, LLC's) application to develop the 750-megawatt SES Solar Two Project, mostly on federal lands. The workshop will discuss the applicant's responses to both agencies' data requests in the areas of biological resources, land use, soil and water resources, visual resources, air quality and cultural resources. The workshop will also function as a second scoping meeting for the applicant's BLM Right-of-Way application.

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 BLM land near Ocotillo Wells in Imperial County.

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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