For Immediate Release: August 12, 2010
Media Contact: Sandy Louey - 916-654-4989


Evidentiary Hearing August 16 on Imperial Valley Solar Project

Sacramento - The California Energy Commission committee reviewing the proposed 750-megawatt Imperial Valley Solar Project will hold an evidentiary hearing on cultural resources. The public is invited to participate.

When: Monday, August 16, 2010, beginning at 10 a.m.

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

Arrangements have been made for people unable to attend the hearing to participate by telephone and/or by computer. For details, click the following link and scroll to page 6:

To help the public participate in the hearing, remote access to the Sacramento hearing will be provided at the federal Bureau of Land Management's El Centro Office at 1661 South Fourth Street in El Centro, California.

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 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:

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

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