For Immediate Release: October 21, 2009
Media Contact: Percy Della - 916-654-4989


Review Starts for Abengoa Mojave Solar Project

Sacramento – The California Energy Commission has formally started the review of the Abengoa Mojave Solar Project near the town of Hinkley in San Bernardino County.

At its business meeting today, the Energy Commission found the proposed 250-megawatt facility data adequate, meaning the agency has received enough information from the applicant to begin the discovery phase of its certification proceedings.

The Commission has named Energy Commissioner Julia Levin to lead the committee to review the project. Commission Vice Chairman James D. Boyd is the associate committee member.

The committee will ensure that the project meets the Commission's siting requirements, as well as those of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The Energy Commission is responsible for reviewing thermal electric power plants 50 MW and greater in California.

As lead agency under CEQA, the Commission, through its facility certification process, examines public health and safety, environmental impacts, and engineering aspects of proposed power plants and all related facilities, such as electric transmission lines and natural gas and water pipelines.

On August 10, 2009, the applicant, Mojave Solar LLC, a limited liability company of Abengoa Solar Inc. of Delaware, filed an Application For Certification (AFC) for the project. The plant site is on fallow agricultural land, close to Harper Dry Lake halfway between Barstow and Kramer Junction and nine miles northwest of Hinkley.

The project will implement well-established parabolic trough technology using solar power to boil a heat transfer fluid (HTF). The hot HTF generates steam in solar steam generators and expands through a steam turbine generator to produce electrical power from twin, independently operated solar fields, each feeding a 125-MW power island.

The sun will provide 100 percent of the power supplied to the project through solar-thermal collectors; no supplementary fossil-based energy source (like natural gas) is proposed for electrical power production.

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