For Immediate Release: December 28, 2009
Media Contact: Percy Della - 916-654-4989

MEDIA ADVISORY

Data workshop to be held December 31 for
the 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: 10am to noon, Thursday, December 31, 2009

Where: Conference Room 3North E, California Energy Commission, 1516 Ninth Street, Sacramento, California

A second public workshop will be held at the Commission from noon till 5pm on January 6, 2010.

The public and all interested parties are invited to participate. Those unable to join in person are urged to take part by telephone at: 1-888-606 5914 -toll-free. The pass code is: 58430.

Why: At the workshops, Energy Commission staff assessing the proposed solar thermal facility will discuss its data requests and the project applicant's data responses in the technical areas of biological resources, cultural resources and soil and water resources. Other technical areas, including Alternatives and Visual Resources may be discussed as necessary. The workshop is also aimed at resolving outstanding issues that could affect the plant's review schedule

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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