For Immediate Release: July 20, 2010
Media Contact: Michele Demetras - 916-654-4989

MEDIA ADVISORY

Proposed Decision Recommends License
For Beacon Solar Project



SACRAMENTO - A California Energy Commission siting committee is recommending the approval of the planned Beacon Solar Energy Project in eastern Kern County.

In its presiding member's proposed decision (PMPD) released today, the committee said the 250-megawatt facility as mitigated, will have no significant impacts on the environment and complies with applicable laws, ordinances, regulations, and standards (LORS).

The proposed decision was based solely on the record of facts, which were established during the facility's certification proceeding.

The PMPD is not a final decision on the project. The committee released the document for 30 days of public comment and will consider input before bringing the proposed decision to the full five-member Commission. The entire document can be found on the Commission's website at:
http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/beacon/documents/index.html

Beacon Solar, LLC would construct, own, and operate the proposed plant. The project is a concentrated solar electric generating facility on approximately 2,012-acres in eastern Kern County on the western edge of the Mojave Desert, four miles from California City and 15 miles north of the town of Mojave. The project will use well-established parabolic trough solar thermal technology to produce electrical power using a steam turbine generator fed from a solar steam generator. The solar steam generators receive heated heat transfer fluid from solar thermal equipment comprised of arrays of parabolic mirrors that collect energy from the sun.

The federal government and the State of California have established the need for the nation and state to increase the development and use of renewable energy in order to enhance the nation's energy independence, meet environmental goals, and create new economic growth opportunities.

For more information on Governor Schwarzenegger's Executive Order to advance the state's Renewables Portfolio Standard, go to:
http://gov.ca.gov/press-release/13273

More information on the Beacon Solar Project is available at:
http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/beacon/index.html

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