For Immediate Release: July 28, 2010
Media Contact: Sandy Louey - 916-654-4989


Prehearing on Calico Solar Project to be held July 30

Sacramento - The California Energy Commission Committee reviewing the proposed 850-megawatt Calico Solar Project in San Bernardino County will hold a prehearing conference. The public is invited to participate.

When: Beginning at 1 p.m., Friday, July 30, 2010

Where: Hearing Room A, California Energy Commission, 1516 Ninth Street, Sacramento, California

Arrangements have been made for people unable to attend the hearing to alternatively participate by telephone and/or by computer. For details, click the following link and scroll to page 8:

Why:The prehearing conference will assess the readiness of parties for the evidentiary hearing. At the prehearing, all parties (staff, applicant, and interveners) will present their respective positions regarding the substantive topic areas ready for evidentiary hearing, those topics that require further analysis, those topic areas that have been resolved, and the topic areas that are disputed and require adjudication. The parties will also identify proposed witnesses and time required for direct testimony and/or cross-examination.

Who: After the hearing, the Committee reviewing the project will consider the recommendations presented by staff, applicant, interveners, government agencies, and the public prior to proposing its decision to the full five-member Energy Commission for deliberation and final consideration.

What: The Calico Solar Project is being developed by Tessera Solar in San Bernardino County, California on approximately 8,230 acres of land managed by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. The project site is located 37 miles east of Barstow.

The primary equipment for the generating facility would include approximately 30,000, 25-kilowatt solar dish Stirling systems, or "SunCatchers." Each SunCatcher consists of a solar receiver heat exchanger and a closed-cycle, high-efficiency engine designed to convert solar power to rotary power, then driving an electrical generator to produce grid-quality electricity.

More information on the Calico Solar Project is available at

For more information on Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's Executive Order to advance California's Renewables Portfolio Standard, go to:

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