For Immediate Release: : June 18, 2009
Media Contact: Percy Della - 916-654-4989

MEDIA ADVISORY

Attention Editors:

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

The public and all interested parties are invited to join a site visit and a joint informational/scoping meeting for the proposed 850-megawatt SES Solar One Project in San Bernardino County.

When: : Monday, June 22, 2009

Bus leaves for the site visit at 11:30 a.m. Public informational/scoping meeting begins at 1 p.m.

Where: Performing Arts Center, Barstow Community College,
2700 Barstow Road, Barstow, California

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 One Project requires both federal and state approval. Energy Commission Vice Chairman James D. Boyd, presiding member and Commissioner Jeffrey Byron, alternate member of the Energy Commission committee reviewing the proposed facility will lead 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 project owned by the Stirling Energy Systems is proposed for an 8,230-acre site on federally managed land in San Bernardino County. The project site is 37 miles east of Barstow, and115 miles east of Los Angeles. The project would include a about 30,000, 25-kilowatt solar dish Stirling systems (referred to as SunCatchers), their associated equipment and systems, and their support infrastructure. Each SunCatcher consists of a solar receiver heat exchanger and a closed-cycle, high-efficiency Solar Stirling Engine specifically designed to convert solar power to rotary power then driving an electrical generator to produce grid-quality electricity.

For additional details on the SES Solar One project, go to: www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/solarone/

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