For Immediate Release: August 2, 2010
Media Contact: Sandy Louey - 916-654-4989


Evidentiary Hearings on Calico Solar Project to be held August 4 to 6

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

When: Wednesday, August 4, 2010 beginning at noon and Thursday, August 5, 2010 and Friday, August 6, 2010 beginning at 9 a.m.

Where: Hampton Inn & Suites , 2710 Lenwood Road, Barstow, 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 purpose of the hearing is to establish the factual record upon which the Commission will decide the case, based on written or documentary evidence from the official parties to the proceeding.

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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