For Immediate Release: April 20, 2009
Media Contact: Percy Della - 916-654-4989


Site visit and informational hearing April 22 for the
San Joaquin solar-biomass hybrid power plant project

Attention City and Assignment Editors:

What: The California Energy Commission Committee assigned to review the 106.8-megawatt San Joaquin Solar 1&2 hybrid power plant project in Fresno County will hold a site visit and informational hearing.

When: Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Where: Coalinga City Hall, 155 West Durian, Coalinga

Two free buses will be available to take participants at 4pm from the Coalinga City Hall, to the site of the proposed plant. The buses will return to City Hall for the informational hearing at the Council Chambers beginning at 5pm.

Who: Commissioner Julia Levin, presiding member of the committee that will ensure that the project meets the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act will lead the site visit and informational hearing. These steps are the first in a formal process that allows the public, governmental agencies and other interested parties to participate in the review of the planned power plant.

Why: The project will be located six miles east of the City of Coalinga in Fresno County. It will be comprised of-two hybrid plants with a solar field and a biomass facility capable of producing 53.4 MW net of solar electricity each. During nighttime and periods of cloud cover, the solar production will be supplemented by the biomass facility fueled by agricultural wood waste.

If approved by the Commission, the project is expected to be on line by the first quarter of 2011.

More information on the proposed plant is available at:

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