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

MEDIA ADVISORY

Public workshop to be held August 10 on Imperial Valley Solar Project

Sacramento - The California Energy Commission committee reviewing the proposed 750-megawatt Imperial Valley 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 8 a.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/solartwo/notices/2010-08-10_Revised_Notice_of_Committee-Ordered_Workshops_TN-57921.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 7, 2010.

What: The Imperial Valley Solar Project is being developed by Imperial Valley Solar, LLC in Imperial County, California largely on public land managed by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. The project site is located approximately 100 miles east of San Diego, 14 miles west of El Centro, and approximately four miles east of Ocotillo.

The primary equipment for the generating facility would include approximately 30,000 25-kilowatt solar dish Stirling systems, or "SunCatchers", consisting 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 Imperial Valley Solar Project, click on: www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/solartwo/

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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