For Immediate Release: November 19, 2009
Media Contact: Percy Della - 916-654-4989

MEDIA ADVISORY

Public workshop November 23 for
Genesis Solar Energy Project

Who: The staff of the California Energy Commission will hold a public workshop on the proposed Genesis Solar Energy Project in Riverside County.

When: 1pm to 5pm Monday, November 23, 2009 and if needed, starting at 9 a.m. Tuesday, November 24, 2009.

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: 1-866-946-3805-toll-free. The pass code is: 18255.

Why: At the workshops, Energy Commission staff assessing the proposed solar thermal facility will discuss data requests from the project applicant in the technical areas of alternatives, biological resources, cultural resources and soil and water resources and work toward resolving issues.

What: The Genesis Solar Energy 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

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.

More information on the project is available at:
http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/genesis_solar/index.html

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