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

MEDIA ADVISORY

Site visit and informational hearing to be held December 10 for the
Genesis Solar Energy Project

The Energy Commission Committee reviewing the proposed Genesis Solar Energy Project in Riverside County will hold a site visit and informational hearing.

When: Thursday, December 10, 2009.

Where: Council Chambers, Blythe City Hall, 235 N. Broadway, Blythe, California.

Free transportation for participants leaves from City Hall at 12:30pm to the site of the proposed plant. The bus will return in time for the informational hearing at 2pm.

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 and informational hearing. 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.

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.

The BLM will hold scoping meetings on the Genesis project and two other proposed solar thermal facilities planned on federal lands the following day, December 11 from 9 a.m. to noon, and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the University of California-Riverside Palm Desert campus, 75080 Frank Sinatra Drive.

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.

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

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