For Immediate Release: August 9, 2010
Media Contact: Sandy Louey _ 916_654_4989

MEDIA ADVISORY

Public workshop to be held August 10 on Calico Solar Project

Sacramento _ The California Energy Commission committee reviewing the proposed 850_megawatt Calico Solar Project will hold a workshop to discuss mitigation strategies and compensation for biological resources. The public is invited to participate.

When: Tuesday, August 10, 2010, beginning at 1 p.m.

Where: Hearing Room 102, Bonderson Building, 901 P Street, Sacramento, California

Arrangements have been made for people unable to attend the hearing in person to alternatively participate by telephone and/or by computer. For details, please click the following link: http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/calicosolar/notices/2010-08-10_Revised_Notice_of_Committee-Ordered_Workshops_TN-57922.pdf

Why: The purpose of the workshop is to discuss the changes in the conditions of certification in the biological resources section of the supplemental staff assessment, which was published July 21, 2010.

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.

For additional details on the Calico Solar Project, click on: www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/calicosolar/

For more information on Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's Executive Order to advance California's Renewables Portfolio Standard, go to: http://gov.ca.gov/press_release/13273

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