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


Genesis Solar Energy Project now data adequate

Sacramento - The Energy Commission's official review clock has started for the Genesis Solar Energy Project in Riverside County.

At a regular business meeting today, the Energy Commission has found the application for certification (AFC) of the proposed 250-megawatt solar thermal facility data adequate.

Data adequacy means the Commission technical staff has received enough information from the applicant, Genesis Solar LLC to begin the evidentiary phase of the review proceedings.

The Commission has named Energy Commissioner Julia Levin to lead the committee overseeing 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.

The Energy Commission works closely with the Bureau of Land Management in reviewing applications for large solar thermal power proposed on federal lands. The Genesis project proposed for construction on about 1800 acres of BLM-managed land requires both federal and state approval.

Genesis Solar LLC, a Delaware limited liability company and wholly owned subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources LLC, submitted an AFC for the Genesis Solar Energy Project on August 31, 2009.

The project consists of two independent solar electric generating facilities with a nominal net electrical output of 125 megawatts (MW) each, for a total net electrical output of 250 MW. Electrical power would be produced using steam turbine generators fed from solar steam generators. The solar steam generators receive heated transfer fluid from solar thermal equipment comprised of arrays of parabolic mirrors that collect energy from the sun.

The project would use a wet cooling process for power plant cooling using degraded, brackish ground water from wells on the project site 25 miles of Blythe adjacent to Interstate 10 in Riverside County.

More information on the project is available at:

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