For Immediate Release: May 12, 2010
Media Contact: : Percy Della - 916-654-4989

MEDIA ADVISORY

Supplemental Staff Assessment on Abengoa
Mojave Solar Project Released


Sacramento - The staff of the California Energy Commission today released the first part of its supplemental staff assessment (SSA) for the proposed Abengoa Solar Mojave Project.

The SSA serves as the Energy Commission staff's final environmental and engineering evaluation of the proposed 250-megawatt facility in San Bernardino County.

The document is not a decision or proposed decision on the planned facility. It contains the staff's testimony at the evidentiary hearings on the project to be scheduled by the hearing officer and the committee of two commissioners reviewing the proposed project.

The SSA was released after public hearings and the end of the comment period for the staff assessment (SA) released on March 15, 2010. The workshops provided an opportunity for various government 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 gathered, the Energy Commission staff revised the SA where appropriate for the SSA.

For the technical areas contained in part one, Commission staff concludes that with the implementation of recommended mitigation measures described in the conditions of certification, environmental impacts in seven technical sections analyzed during the discovery phase of plant's review would be mitigated to less than significant. The technical sections cover analysis of sections relating to hazardous materials, noise and vibration, public health, traffic and transportation, visual resources, waste management and worker safety.

Part two of the SSA, scheduled for release on May 21, 2010 will address the technical sections of air quality, biological resources, cultural resources, land use, soils and water resources and transmission engineering.

The project, proposed by Mojave Solar LLC, a limited liability company of Abengoa Solar Inc. of Delaware would implement parabolic trough technology to trap the sun's energy to boil a heat transfer fluid and power steam generators to produce electricity. The facility will be located on 1,765acres of fallow agricultural land located halfway between Barstow, and Kramer Junction, and nine miles northwest of Hinkley in San Bernardino County.

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:

www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/abengoa/

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