For Immediate Release: : June 25, 2009
Media Contact: Percy Della - 916-654-4989


Attention Editors:

Public workshop to be held July 1 on the proposed
Beacon Solar Energy Project in Kern County

Who: The staff of the California Energy Commission will hold a workshop to discuss the proposed 250-megawatt Beacon Solar Energy Project (BSEP) in Kern County. The public and all interested parties are urged to participate.

When: Starting at 8am, Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Where: Council Chambers, City Hall, 21000 Hacienda Boulevard, California City, California

Why: The workshop will provide an opportunity for government agencies, the public and other interested parties to present questions and comments on the BSEP. Based on the workshop dialogue, written comments and additional information to be gathered, Energy Commission staff will publish a Final Staff Assessment on the planned solar thermal facility.

What:The project by Beacon Solar LLC would be located on the western edge of the Mojave Desert along the California State Route 14 corridor, about four miles from California City and 15 miles from the town of Mojave. The project would use parabolic trough solar thermal technology to produce electrical power from a steam turbine generator, fed from a heat exchanger.

If licensed by the Energy Commission, the solar thermal facility will begin construction in late 2009 or first quarter of 2010, with commercial operations beginning in approximately the fourth quarter of 2011.

Throughout the project's licensing review, the Energy Commission will conduct public workshops and hearings in Kern County on the proposed plant to determine whether it should be certified for a license and under what set of conditions.

More information on the Beacon Solar Energy project is available on the Energy Commission website at:

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