For Immediate Release: April 5, 2010
Media Contact: Percy Della - 916-654-4989


Public workshops to be held April 6-7 on the
Abengoa Mojave Solar Project

What: The staff of the California Energy Commission will conduct public workshops on the Staff Assessment (SA) for the 250-megawatt Abengoa Mojave Solar Project in San Bernardino County.

When: Tuesday, April 6, 2010, starting at 10:15am

Where: Fourth Floor North Conference Room A, California Energy Commission, 1516 Ninth Street, Sacramento, California, and,

When: Wednesday, April 7, 2010 starting at 1pm

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

Arrangements have been made for participants and members of the public unable to attend in person to participate by telephone.

Why: The workshops will provide an opportunity for agencies, the public and other interested parties to present questions and comments on the SA. Based on the workshop dialogue, written comments received regarding the document, and additional information that will be gathered, the Energy Commission staff will revise the SA where appropriate and issue a Supplemental Staff Assessment (SSA).

The project, proposed by Mojave Solar LLC, a limited liability company of Abengoa Solar Inc. of Delaware, is a 1,765-acre solar-thermal energy facility located halfway between Barstow, and Kramer Junction, and nine miles northwest of Hinkley in San Bernardino County. The project will implement parabolic trough technology using solar power to boil a heat transfer fluid (HTF). The hot HTF generates steam in solar steam generators, which 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 (natural gas) is proposed for electrical power production.

If approved by the Commission, the project would start construction in December 2010, with commercial service by the fourth quarter of 2012. More information on the project is available at:

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