For Immediate Release: August 4, 2009
Media Contact: Percy Della - 916-654-4989


Attention Editors:

Public workshop to be held August 6 on the proposed
San Joaquin Solar 1&2 Hybrid Project in Fresno County

Who: The staff of the California Energy Commission will hold a public workshop to discuss the proposed 106.8-megawatt San Joaquin Solar (SJS) 1&2 Hybrid Project in Fresno County.

When: Thursday, August 6, 2009 starting at 1 p.m.

Where: Hearing Room B, California Energy Commission, 1516 Ninth Street, Sacramento, California.

The public and all interested parties unable to join in person are urged to participate by telephone at: 1-866-469-3239 (toll-free in the U.S. and Canada) The pass code is: 926 979 490.

Why: The workshop will provide an opportunity for government agencies, the public and other interested parties to discuss the responses submitted by the applicant to staff's first round of data requests on the SJS. Subjects to be discussed include: air quality, waste management, biology, public health, cultural resources, land use, and other areas as needed. Based on the workshop dialogue, written comments and additional information to be gathered, Energy Commission staff will publish a Preliminary Staff Assessment on the planned facility.

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

What: 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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