For Immediate Release: December 3, 2009
Media Contact: Percy Della - 916-654-4989

MEDIA ADVISORY

Attention Editors:

Site visit and informational hearing to be held December 9 on
Abengoa Mojave Solar Project

What: The California Energy Commission Committee reviewing the proposed 250-megawatt Abengoa Mojave Solar Project in San Bernardino County will hold a site visit, informational hearing and environmental scoping meeting. Interested members of the public are invited to attend.

When: Wednesday, December 9, 2009.

Where: Barstow City Hall, 220 E. Mountain View, Barstow, California.

Free bus for participants leaves from City Hall at 1pm to the site of the proposed plant. The bus will return in time for the informational hearing and scoping meeting at 3pm.

Who: Commissioner Julia Levin, presiding member of the committee that will ensure that the project meets the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act, will lead the site visit, informational hearing and environmental scoping meeting. These steps are the first in a formal process that allows the public, governmental agencies and other interested parties to participate in the review of the planned power plant.

Why: 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 the town 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.

For more information on the Abengoa Mojave Solar Project, click on:
www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/abengoa/

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